THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

Beyonce couldn’t be more precise about ‘who run the world?’ We all know it’s definitely ‘Girls’. The contribution of women in developing and shaping our society has been enormous. In all the centuries women have performed a predominant part , who doesn’t know women world leaders like Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, Chanda Kochhar, Kalpana Chawla, Mother Teresa and  Michelle Obama to name a few  of the lot. Women’s day is recognized every year to address the cause of women empowerment and gender equality.

 

Why and how it started?

 

  • International women’s day is celebrated on March 8 every year commemorating women’s rights movement.
  • The movement started with the aim of ceasing gender bias and promoting social, political, economic and cultural parity.

 

Evolution of women’s day

 

  • In 1909 on February28, women in New York participated in processions to commemorate international Ladies’ worker strikes calling it the International Working Women’s Day.
  • In 1910, international women’s conference was held and March 8 was decided to be recognized as International woman’s day.
  • In 1917 in Soviet Union, it was on this date women gained suffrage and ever since then national holiday was declared in the socialist state.
  • In 1975, it was adopted by United Nations and ever since then this day has been celebrated all around the world.

 

It’s significance in 21st century

 

  • This day is synonymous to civil awareness day, Anti- sexism day and anti- discrimination day.
  • Women’s day have been celebrated for more than a century now and a definite change has been observed in the attitude of people towards women.
  • However, it remains true that all the battles have not been won. In the recent times, Feminists are trying their level best to establish equal opportunities to that of men. Celebrating women’s day is one such step to emphasize to treat women as equals.
  • The most prominent reason to celebrate women’s day is to try bridging the gender gap..

 

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