International women’s Day is the time when women from around the world come together, irrespective of the cultural, national, ethical, Political and economical differences, raising their voice against many issues faced by women. Around the world this day is celebrate as a symbol of the achievements made by women throughout history. It’s a way of saying to many aspiring women with zeal to do something unique, to break the boundaries and come forward. IWD was born first during the protest from women working group in North America.
Since then this day has been holding a special significance as a global platform in many developing and developed countries to fight the atrocities against women. This movement for women’s right grew with each passing year and strengthened the support base for the fight for women’s rights. Here’s how it took a form of a revolution:
The Chronological order of the Inception of International Women’s Day:
1909: Women’s Day was first observed on 28th February in the United States. That time this day was designated in 1908, for the workers of the garment factory who protested against the poor working conditions of women.
1910: In order to support the revolution and give boost to the pathetic condition of women in various areas, the day was renamed as International Women’s day at the Socialist meeting of Copenhagen. This was done to spread awareness to fight the Universal Suffrage of women. Around 100 women from 17 countries welcomed the move. In the same year the parliament of Finland elected three women to three honored positions.
1911: Millions of men and women took part in the rallies and was thus observed on 19th of March in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. These women demanded to end discrimination of women at work place, vocational training for them and voting rights for women.
1913-14: In addition to fighting for the right of women, this day also became a tool which acted against the idea of World War I. Russia observed women’s day on the last Sunday of February. In other parts of Europe, women took rallies to show their solidarity with the revolution or to protest the idea of war.
1917: They were granted the right to vote by the Government after the protest by women Bread and Peace on 8th of March which was the last Sunday of February.
1975: From this Year, United Nation’s also started celebrating international women’s Day on 8th of March.
1995: A Historical road map was signed by 189 nations from all around the world, which aimed at building a world where each women of the country will have the equal right to participate in the area of her choice without facing any exploitation. It focused on 12 key areas of concern including education, equality in income, participation in politics and alike.
From being called the queen of the kitchen to becoming the queen of the nation and finding her way to reach the heights of the moon, women have proved themselves in every sphere of the life since the inception of the International Women’s day. The day has indeed become symptomatic of women who have crossed all hurdles and earned success for herself. The United Nations has also over the Years helped women to achieve success in various fields with its technical expertise and ardent involvement.