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Annually, on March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world. The first gathering honoring women’s contributions in politics, economics, and culture was held in 1911. Aside from women empowerment, this day also aims to support gender parity in a global scale.
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Key Facts & Information
- Since the early 1900s, at the height of industrialization and economic revolution, International Women’s Day or IWD was observed by few. In 1908, about 15,000 women marched in the streets of New York calling for shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. It was during this time when great unrest and debate emerged regarding women’s status.
- On February 28, 1909, the first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States in accordance to the declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
- In 1910, Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany opened the idea for an International Women’s Day.
- During the Second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen, Zetkin proposed that every country should annually celebrate International Women’s Day. Over 100 women leaders from 17 countries attended the conference. As a result, International Women’s Day was unanimously accepted as a celebration to honor the achievements of women.
- In 1911, the first International Women’s Day celebration was held in Copenhagen. Moreover, countries including Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany honored this day on March 19.
- On this day, more than a million women and men participated in rallies calling for women’s right to work, right to vote, right to run for public office, and end of sex-based discrimination.
- In February 1913, Russian women first observed International Women’s Day as they campaigned the end of the war and for peace in Europe. Before the end of World War I, Russian women rallied for four days condemning the death of over 2 million soldiers. The event was followed by the Czar’s abdication and granted of women’s right to vote by the Provisional Government.
- In 1975, the United Nations first held its celebration of IWD. Two years later, the UN General Assembly adopted a formal resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be annually celebrated by each member states.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION
- In 1996, the United Nations began to adopt an annual IWD theme. “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future” (1996), “Women at the Peace table” (1997), “Women and Human Rights” (1998), “World Free of Violence Against Women” (1999), and so on. Also, March 8 was designated to be IWD and is celebrated globally still today.
- In 2014, the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women was held, which focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.
- During this day, influential and successful women from various milieu do seminars and conferences. Most of these encounters highlight innovation, portrayal, and achievements of women.
- A number of countries including Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, and Russia set IWD as a public holiday.
- IWD is symbolically celebrated with colors of purple, green, and white. Purple stands for dignity and justice, green for hope, and white for purity.
INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN HISTORY
- Born on August 26, 1910, Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic missionary and nun who devoted her life to the Missionaries of Charity order which took care of abandoned people. She was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her efforts in helping the poor. In addition, she was canonized as a saint in 2016.
- Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl whose diary became a primary account on the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. Her diary was found after her death, just months before the war ended.
- Princess Diana of Whales, commonly known as the ‘People’s Princess’ was the wife of Britain’s Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth II. Lady D, as many called her, devoted her life as a princess to doing charity work and campaigns.
- Born on July 24, 1897, Amelia Earhart from Kansas was an American aviator who championed the development of women in aviation. Earhart was the first female pilot who fly solo across the Atlantic. In July 1937, she disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the world as she crossed the Pacific Ocean.
CONTRIBUTIONS OF WOMEN
- During the 18th Dynasty, ancient Egypt was ruled by a female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. For two decades, she took the throne from her son as she became one of the most powerful women in ancient history.
- Mary Anderson invented several items we find necessary today including windshield wipers, disposable diapers, dishwashers, and non-reflective mirrors.
- Queen Victoria ruled the largest empire in history, overseeing Australia, Canada, British Guiana, Egypt, India, Kenya, and Egypt.
International Women’s Day Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about International Women’s Day across 20 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use International Women’s Day worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the International Women’s Day which is celebrated around the world. The first gathering honoring women’s contributions in politics, economics, and culture was held in 1911. Aside from women empowerment, this day also aims to support gender parity in a global scale.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- International Women’s Day Facts
- Most Inspiring Women
- Women Empires
- Women’s Firsts
- Trailblazing World Leaders
- Words of Women
- Colors of Womanhood
- Woman of History
- In Various Fields
- Women’s Rights
- Today in Herstory
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