How did International Women's day start and who was Clara Zetkin?
For more than a century people around the world have been marking 8 March as a special day for women
- March 08, 2019 20:40
- Olya Georgieva
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
Historically, International Women's Day was first observed in 1909 when an estimated 15 000 women marched in New York City demanding fair wages, labor standards and guaranteed voting rights, according to the International Women's Day website.
Two years later, Clara Zetkin, activist and advocate for women's rights, came up with the idea to make the day international. She suggested her idea in 1910 at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women there, from 17 countries, and they all agreed on her suggestion. It was first celebrated then in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
In 1975, the United Nations officially declared the year International Women's Year and made March 8 International Women's Day annually. This year's International Women's Day campaign has chosen the theme #BalanceforBetter, which encourages people around the world to take action towards accelerating gender balance.