International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year around the world. It is a central point in the women’s rights movement.
After the Socialist Party of America organized a Woman’s Day in New York on February 28, 1909, German delegates Clara Zetkin, Kate Dunker, Paula Thiede and others proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Congress that “a special Woman’s Day” be held. annually .
After women won in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there.
The day was then celebrated mainly by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the feminist movement around 1967. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.
The celebration of International Women’s Day today ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere.
In some places, it is a day of protest. to others, it’s a day that celebrates womanhood.
The first celebration of Women’s Day, called “National Woman’s Day”, was held on February 28, 1909, in New York City, organized by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of activist Theresa Malkiel.
There have been claims that the day commemorates the protest of female garment workers in New York on March 8, 1857, but researchers Kandel and Picq have described it as a myth created to “detach International Women’s Day from its Soviet history in order to given a more international origin.