International Women’s Day
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 8:00 pm
Women all over the world have made great strides in gender equality and personal advancement since the earliest times of women’s suffrage, liberation and entrance into the workforce. There are still many people who would like to see women be able to do more, and these people continue to focus their efforts on helping female populations worldwide achieve their goals.
International Women’s Day, which is Friday, has been observed since the early 20th century. In 1909, the first National Women’s Day was observed across the United States. The event was celebrated on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
Women around the world also began celebrating this special day each year in their own ways. During a time of great upheaval and the imminence of World War I, the newly named International Women’s Day was moved to March 8 and it remains to be celebrated on this day every year. Since its inception, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of celebration and recognition of women across the world.
It is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. In some countries, men celebrate the accomplishments of women by offering flowers and small gifts. Others celebrate it as a type of Mother’s Day when children bestow gifts on their mothers.
Thousands of events are held throughout the world to commemorate International Women’s Day. The theme for the 2013 celebration is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.”
Published in The WCP 3.7.13