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International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. This day commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York when organized by the Socialist Party of America.  The day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements. Another name for this special holiday is the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

When is International Women’s Day?

Celebrated every year on March 8th

Type of Holiday?

Unofficial Holiday.

How is International Women’s Day celebrated?

  • This holiday should be celebrated by educating yourself. Learn about the history and understand the purpose of the holiday, as well as the achievements of women around the world
  • Visit museums – many have special exhibits of IWD that showcase women writers, engineers, artists, etc.
  • If you can, take the day off to attend one of the many nationwide protests that highlight women’s effect on the economy
  • Donate to a local women’s shelter, or arrange a fundraiser for one
  • Wear red to raise awareness

International Women’s Day Trivia/Facts:

  • The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on 2/28/1909.
  • The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions
  • The UN began celebrating IWD on March 8th of 1975
  • It was German Socialist Luise Zietz who proposed the establishment of an annual International Woman’s Day

Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on March 8th:

  • Otto Hahn – Chemist
  • James Van Der Beek – Actor
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Supreme Court Justice
  • Carole Bayer Sayer – Songwriter/Singer
  • Lester Holt – Newsman
  • Boris Kodjoe – Actor

Popular Social Media Hashtags:

#IWD #womensday #IWD2018 #beboldforchange #women #daywithoutawoman

Other interesting holidays celebrated in March include National Cereal Day, National Joe Day and National Potato Chip Day.

What’s your favorite holiday to celebrate in March?

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