Hi GirlMoguls, yesterday (Sunday) was International Women’s Day. It’s celebrated on March 8th every year, around the world. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn’t, so I did some research on it. It turns out that International Women’s Day started in the United States, but is a much bigger deal in a lot of other countries.
It was first celebrated in 1909 in America, when the Socialist Party declared it a holiday. At first it was meant to celebrate and raise awareness of women’s participation in the workforce. Back then, America was just starting to become an industrialized nation with lots of factories. Many of these factories employed women and children and their was a lot of concern about the working conditions for women. Many social activists of the day tried to raise awareness about the long hours and unsafe conditions many of these women faced and so International Women’s Day was part of that. During World War, women in Europe used the day to hold peace rallies in support of not going to war.
Since then, International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries, like Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Croatia, Laos, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia, and is often an official holiday. Up above is poster from the Soviet Union celebrating the day.
In these countries, en often give the women in their lives small gifts to express their gratitude and affection. Like mother’s day, the presents often include flowers and chocolate.
Here in the United States we don’t do too much to celebrate International Women’s Day, but President Barack Obama did make a speech in honor of it saying: “Women are vital to the solutions” to global challenges such as climate change, poverty and conflict. He also said that:”We will not sow the seeds for a brighter future or reap the benefits of the change we need without the full and active participation of women around the world.”
Pretty cool – huh – so next year, get ready to give your mom something for International Women’s Day!