Women's day (March 8) in United States, UK, Nigeria, India, South Africa - Worldwide

International Women's Day (IWD), formally called International Working Women's Day, was born out of a famous strike is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the struggle for women's rights around the world. Related: "A day without women, day without a woman, women's day".

The very first Women's Day observation was held on February 28, 1909, in New York City (USA) and was singularly organized by the Socialist Party of United States of America. A demonstration of women textile workers began on March 8, 1917, in the capital of Russian Empire, Petrograd, covering the whole city. This was the starting point of the Russian Women Revolution.

Exactly 7 days later, the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote in an election. After that right has been approved, March 8 was then acknowledged as a national holiday in the Soviet Russia in 1917. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations and its being celebrated worldwide.

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Why do we Celebrate Women's day? Here are five facts about the day: 

  1. Originally called International Working Women’s Day, it was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city's lower east side to demand social and political rights.
  2. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events, and has been celebrated on that date ever since.
  3. The day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union in 1917, and was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the UN in 1977. Since 1996, the UN has assigned a theme to every International Women's Day. This year’s theme is “Be bold for change”.
  4. According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
  5. The day is now an official holiday in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Zambia and for women only in countries including China, Madagascar and Nepal.


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Brief About International Women's Day Celebration

International Women's Day is annually held on March 8 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.

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