International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is March 8th

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: February 28, 2015

International Women’s Day is a global day (annually on March 8th), celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present.

In some countries International Women’s Day is a national holiday:  Bulgaria, China, Russia, and Vietnam.

It is a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

In 1911 the first International Women’s Day was started (then it was March 19th).
It stemmed from the Suffragettes campaigning for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds us all of current inequities in need of improvement still.

Some of the current areas all over the world are:

  • On average, women receive between 30-40% less pay than men earn for the same work
  • Women continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide