How the World Celebrates International Women’s Day
Since the early 1900s, a time of great turmoil in our newly industrialized nation, International Women’s Day has been recognized and celebrated. The 20th century saw International Women’s Day grow from a national US holiday, celebrated on the last Sunday in February (1909-1913), to an international holiday celebrated all over the world on March 8th.
Thanks in part to a 1917 strike successfully carried out by Russian Women in response to the death toll of over 2 million Russian soldiers in World War I, one of the first big wins for International Women’s Day was the right for women to vote in Russia.
Since then, it has grown into a day of observance and recognition of women all over the world. The United Nations officially deemed 1975 “International Women’s Year,” in addition to holding an International Women’s Day conference for many years.
Past, Present and Future
While the feminists of the 1970s are all too familiar with the lasting and ingrained complexities of our patriarchal society, many women from younger generations are of the opinion that the majority of feminists’ battles have already been fought and won.
Indeed, today there are more women in boardrooms, higher equality with respect to legislative rights, and an important increase in the overall visibility of female role models in many walks of life.
However, the playing field has not been leveled completely.
Even today, in 2013, wage disparities exist and women are not paid equally to their male counterparts, men still outnumber women in the industries of business and politics, and on a global level, women’s education and health are still lesser than that of men.
How We Celebrate Women in 2013
There is no denying that massive improvements have been made in the livelihood and the rights of women over the years. Every year on March 8th, thousands of events around the world are held to celebrate women’s achievements and inspire everyone to keep moving forward.
Even the internet king Google celebrates International Women’s Day. They are just one of many businesses that observe the holiday, in addition to a wide range of diverse local activity that connects women from around the globe.
Everything from political rallies, conferences, networking events, trade shows, even fashion parades and parties are held in celebration of International Women’s Day.
If you’re not satisfied with the events taking place in your neck of the woods, consider hosting your own event to celebrate women. Get inspired, have fun, but most importantly, in the name of women everywhere, never stop moving forward!