Women’s Day is generally celebrated with bouquets of flowers and many other gifts. We also can’t forget that this date actually represents a fight for gender equality.
The 8th of March began to be celebrated in honor of the fight for the economic, political and social equality of women and men.
The first Women’s Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909, in the United States following a declaration issued by the Socialist Party of America. Later, that same year the International Women’s Conference in August was hosted.
The initiative to make the 8th of March a celebration for all women and to be celebrated every year was taken by German feminist and communist Clara Zetkin. Thanks to her, the first commemoration was on March 18, 1911, which took place in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark.
In 1975, the United Nations officially commemorated the 8th of March as an international holiday. Thanks to this, many legal rights were introduced then. Some of them are the rights to maternity leave, the restriction of women’s work on night shifts, pay equality between men and women for the same workplace, the right to vote.
Here are some more interesting things to do about March 8th
Women’s Day is a national holiday in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Girgistan. It’s a holiday also in Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia and more.
China, Madagascar, and Nepal are specific in that this is a national holiday for women only.
Mimosa is a symbol of the 8th of March in Italy. The symbol in Ukraine are roses and tulips, and in most other states are red roses and carnations.
In 2012, an unknown man gifted million red roses to his wife in 2012.
The German tabloid “Bild” gives all the ladies on the 8th of March some presents. One of those presents is a day off, and the men take over all their work.
In South Africa, Women’s Day is celebrated on August 9th, commemorating 1956, when several thousand black women organized a march against the regime in Pretoria, which was severely disrupted by the authorities.
The most influential woman of all time by Time magazine was Jane Adams, an American pacifist, and Nobel Peace Prize, winner.