Happy women’s day to all beautiful women out there! Remember that you are unique and beautiful just the way you are (quote Bruno Mars and Akon, you remember their iconic songs don’t you?).
Today is International Women’s Day and I’m sure all of you have heard, there is a strike that is happening in all of the United States and all over the world, as part of an event called “A Day Without A Woman”.
Now we all have been wishing each other a happy women’s day since this morning. But have you ever thought about the significance of the day? Have you thought about why or how people began celebrating womanhood?
Today we are going to throw some light into the importance of International Women’s Day.
First off, let’s see what Women’s Day is
What is International Women’s Day
It is basically a globally accepted day to celebrate the social, cultural, economic as well as political achievements of women all over the world. It aims to reinforce gender equality.
How did we start celebrating women’s day?
It started in the year 1911, when the first ever official International Women’s Day was celebrated on the 19th of March. It was celebrated in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Denmark. It was during the 1910 International Conference of Working Women which took place in Copenhagen that a German woman called Clara Zetkin proposed the idea. It was unanimously approved by more than 100 women present at the conference and the rest as they say is history.
However, a little before 1911 the United States did have its own version of women’s day. The Socialist Party of America declared and celebrated the first National Women’s Day on February 28th.
Why do we celebrate it on the 8th of March instead of the 19th now?
The date was officially changed from the 19th to the 8th of March in the year 1913. According to the Gregorian calendar, 8th March 1917 was considered to be a significant day for Russian women as well. The story goes something like this; during World War 1, there were strikes held by women for “bread and peace” over the death of several Russian soldiers. The strike concluded 4 days later and the Russian women had triumphed. They also won the right to vote under the country’s provisional Government.
It is now celebrated all over the world and each country has its own ways of celebration of course. For example, Italy celebrated it by offering yellow mimosa flowers to women on the day.
So now that you know all about Women’s Day, you can proudly celebrate the day. If you are a woman, then embrace your flaws and celebrate being a woman.
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