This past Sunday, March 8th, was the 103rd year of International Women's Day. International Women's Day "is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday."
International Women's Day's history starts in the early 1900's, when women around the world began protesting and making more vocal the need for social change and equality. In 1909, the U.S. observed the first "National Women's Day," and in the following year , a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. It was at that meeting that "International Women's Day" was first proposed, and by the next year, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland celebrated it nationally for the first time. Millions of women held rallies and campaigned for the right to vote and work. Since then, the day has grown immensely, and is a day of celebration and demand for women in developed and developing countries around the world. With the advent of social media, more and more women around the world can make their voices heard on that day. Many corporations, organizations, and governments celebrate it in a vast variety of ways every year. This year, a large twitter campaign was held with the hashtag #IWD2015 and many people and places celebrated the day by wearing purple, with #paintitpurple,
How did you celebrate International Women's Day? If you didn't, check out the website internationalwomensday.com, and celebrate next year!
Post by Kristin Harden, a first-year HBHE student
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