I had not ever even heard of International Woman’s Day until yesterday.
I was driving home from the office trolling radio stations for a great song or something interesting, and I paused on a talk radio show and heard some pretty strong ridicule of the fact that there IS such a thing as International Woman’s Day. This host was bent out of shape about the feminist movement and how “over the top” women have gotten over the equality and sexual misconduct issues that are so prominent in the news.
Honestly, I was taken aback by the tenor of this this host’s monologue . . . a complete disrespect for women and their rights.
I love women and couldn’t imagine what this world be like if it weren’t for the Woman Leaders in families, Organizations, and government.
In many ways, women bring heart to otherwise banal issues and opportunities.
Often it’s the women who ask the tough questions that lead to the real truth.
Some of the strongest leaders I know are Women.
Without women, we would not be where we are now.
Well, of course, without women, we wouldn’t exist at all 🙂
Of course, I’m a curious fella, and I was curious about the REAL story around this day . . .
Is it a new thing tied directly to the issues of this day?
What’s it all about?
Why and when was it conceived?
So . . . I googled it and found this from un.org.
- 1909 The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
- 1910 The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
- 1911 As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.
- 1913-1914 International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
- 1917 Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for “Bread and Peace” on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
- 1975 During International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.
- 1995 The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
- 2014 The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment
BRAVO to ALL women on this planet!
Today we celebrate YOU!
You’ve earned this respectful day.