International Women Day (March 8) is a worldwide celebration of women’s historical, cultural, and political achievements. The day is also observed in support of global action to combat gender inequality. We all know that the world could not function without women (just listen to Beyoncé). Today is the day to recognize their efforts! Organizations of all sizes band together to demonstrate how valuable women are in today’s society.
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History of International Women Day
Susan B. Anthony was a political activist and women’s rights advocate. Following the Civil War, she fought for the 14th Amendment, which was intended to grant citizenship to all naturalized and native-born Americans in the hope that it would include suffrage rights. Even though the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, it did not guarantee their right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869 to continue the fight for women’s rights. Women faced pay disparities, a lack of voting rights, and were overworked in the early 1900s. In response, 15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908, demanding their rights. The first National Women’s Day was observed in 1909, in accordance with a Socialist Party of America declaration. Until 1913, this was observed on the last Sunday of February.
Clara Zetkin, a German suffragist and Women’s Office leader, organized an International Women’s Conference in August 1910. Zetkin proposed an annual Women’s Day, and the following year, International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, with over one million people attending rallies. The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, and white women were granted the right to vote in the United States. The women’s liberation movement occurred in the 1960s, and the effort resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which granted all women the right to vote. When the internet became more widely available, feminism and the fight against gender inequality saw a resurgence. Every year, we commemorate International Women’s Day in the hope of achieving a completely equal society.
Why do we love Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is not solely the responsibility of one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub. International Women’s Day was created and has been observed for many years! “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist or organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” says Gloria Steinem. We both agree! The day is all about inter-sectionality, whether it’s about the organizations that support International Women’s Day or the types of women it honors.
Secondly. it’s a worldwide holiday. Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia all observe International Women’s Day. Men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, and others with flowers and small gifts. There may be cultural differences between countries, but women’s achievements are universally admired.
It spreads awareness all over the world. We may appear to have come a long way by now. Yes, some progress has been made, but a recent study of 145 countries revealed that there is still a gender gap. Iceland has come the closest to achieving equality in economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment, and this is a start. In other countries, such as Yemen, women are only considered half a witness in court. They are even forbidden from leaving the house without the permission of their husband. The International Women’s Forum was founded to work toward a standard of gender equality for all countries. Because, as we all know, raising awareness about the plight of women all over the world helps to elevate all women.
Traditions of women day
On International Women’s Day, women gather to celebrate the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, and men show their support by giving them flowers or other gifts. This tradition is carried on in educational institutions and workplaces. Inspiring female leaders and women with success stories from various walks of life are highlighted in order to encourage and influence other women all over the world. On this day, political activities and protests take place in Spain and Turkey. The goal is to motivate policymakers to change their ways. Women in China are frequently given a half-day off from work and are given preferential treatment both at work and at home.
Activities for Women Day
- Almost every major city has an International Women’s Day event, and you can pick and choose what appeals to you the most. There are live music concerts, art exhibitions where talented creators display their work, and networking summits where guest speakers discuss women’s rights.
- Send your mother, sister, or coworker a bouquet, a thank you card, or a small gift. It will undoubtedly brighten their day, elevate you in their eyes, and help them remember a wonderful day.
- Find out more about a woman you admire. We all have favorite musicians, actresses, and historical figures, but have you ever taken the time to learn their backstory? Investigate their life and find out what it was like for them. They’ve probably been through their fair share of trials and tribulations, and their perseverance will inspire you.
Facts about Women Day
- The United Nations has recognized it. The United Nations established International Women’s Day in 1975.
- A Mother’s Day celebration: Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Uzbekistan jointly commemorate International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day.
- Theme modification: International Women’s Day has a theme each year, and the theme for 2020 was “An equal world is an enabled world.”
- Wage gap: According to the United Nations, women continue to earn 24 percent less than men worldwide. Another study found that women save less for retirement than men, with a 68 cents to a dollar ratio.
- In Algeria, women make up 70% of the legal profession and 60% of the judiciary.
When is World Women’s Day in 2022?
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Women’s accomplishments and progress in the fight for their rights in the political, cultural, and social spheres are celebrated.
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