Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day

International Women's Day actually began in the early 20th century.  The Socialist Party of America declared that February 28th would mark National Women's Day here in the United States and it was observed from 1908 until 1913.  

In 1910, an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen and it was proposed that there should be a Woman's Day held on the same day, every year in every country.  In 1911, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark on March 19th with rallies campaigning for women's right to work, hold public office, vote and end discrimination.

In 1913, it was agreed that International Women's Day would be celebrated on March 8th and since then, it has been the global date for IWD.

You can find a much more detailed timeline at the International Women's Day website by clicking here.

Some ideas of how to celebrate IWD can be found here.

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