Happy International Women's Day ladies! We hope you're able to take some time today and read about some of your favorite women. There are so many beautiful articles, essays and stories being shared, and it's a shame that we only take one day a year to truly shine a light. Check your Twitter and Instagram feeds for the hashtag #IWD2016 to see what women around the world are doing to celebrate this day, and read more below where we've shared some highlights on this important day throughout the years. Enjoy!
1909 | The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on February 28th. 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.
1910 | The Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen established a Women's Day, to be recognized internationally, to honor the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.
1911 | As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (March 19) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women's rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination in the workforce.
1913-1914 | International Women's Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around March 8 of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.
1917 | Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for "Bread and Peace" on the last Sunday in February (which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar). Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
1975 | During International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on March 8.
1995 | The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
2014 | The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) – the annual gathering of States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights — focused on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. UN entities and accredited NGOs from around the world took stock of progress and remaining challenges towards meeting the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs have played an important role in galvanizing attention on and resources for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
More Stuff! | Here's an events CALENDAR so that you can celebrate today no matter where you are in the world. Here's a Q&A with one of our favorite ladies, EMMA WATSON, from last year's International Women's Day HeForShe conversation.