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History of Women's Day

History of Women’s Day

From being synomymous with the kitchen to stepping onto the moon, women have come a long way till now. The Women’s Day has been a sybmol of celebrating such women who have surpassed discriminations and come out with flying colours. A look at how March 8th became renowned as the International Women’s Day.

1908

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILG) organised two mass stikes in New York to protest against long working hours, low wages and diaplated working conditions under which women worked in garment industry in the United States.

1909

Socialist Party of America observed February 28, 1909 as Women’s Day in remembrance of the ILG strike.

1910

Socialists organised International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. German Communist leader Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of Women’s Day.

1911

International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19.

1912

Migrant workers from over 51 countries, many of them women, striked against two-hour pay cut in in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The strike went on for two months. Labour union leader Rose Schneiderman’s famous speech “Bread and Roses” called for fair wages and dignified conditions in industries.

1913

Women’s Day was observed in Russia on the last Sunday in February 1913.

1914

International Women’s Day was held on March 8 in Germany to press the demand that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office.

1917

Demonstrations on IWD at St. Petersburg, Russia, where women demanded “bread and peace” gave birth to the February Revolution. This eventually brought the First World War to an end and decline of Tsar regime.

1977

United Nations proclaimed March 8 as UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

2011

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women aka UN Women.

 

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