International Women’s Day
March 8, 2017
You may have seen the hashtag #BeBoldForChange and wondered what it was about? This is trending on social networks around the world to recognize the 2017 International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. InternationalWomen’s Day (IWD) celebrates women’s social, cultural, economic and political achievements. Here are five times in history where women from all over the world came together and stood united.
· 1908: Women were experiencing oppression, unrest and debate regarding women who were vocal and active in campaigning for change. In New York, 15,000 women marched through NYC demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
· 1911: International Women's Day was recognized for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies, campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
· 1975: International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. Then in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States.
· 2000: By the new millennium, International Women's Day activity around the world had stalled in many countries. The world had moved on and feminism wasn't a popular topic. International Women's Day needed re-ignition. There was urgent work to do - battles had not been won and gender parity had still not been achieved.
· 2011: Marked the 100 year centenary of International Women's Day - with the first IWD event held exactly 100 years ago in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the United States the month of March became "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history.