Sunday, March 8th marks International Women's Day.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s achievements through the years. It is a day where we, as humans, can look back on women’s struggles and look forward to the future accomplishments in women’s rights and gender equality.
The turn of the twentieth century brought about the fight for women’s rights and equality among much of Europe and North America. In 1909, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. In 1910, the Socialist International established a Women’s Day to start a movement for women’s rights. This proposal found approval from over 100 women in 17 countries, including the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. In 1911, International Woman’s Day was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million men and women attended rallies. These events, along with many others throughout the early twentieth century, brought International Women’s Day to global recognition.
In 1975, the United Nations declared March 8th to be International Women’s day, and in 1977 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized the role of women in peace efforts and urged an end to discrimination. In 1945 the Charter of the United Nations was agreed upon, and thus became the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between the sexes.
Currently, International Women’s Day is recognized as a holiday in 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 (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Each year, events are held in celebration of women around this day. There are many events held in Boston and the surrounding areas for all to attend and celebrate the women in their lives. For more information, visit www.internationalwomensday.com
Written by Caucus Intern Samantha Shapiro