Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - International Women's Day

In honour of International Women's day - I've included 13 facts about this spcial day - why it was created and what it has become. I hope you learn something, I know I sure did. Happy IWD to you all!

1. International Women's Day observance began early in the 1900's. It was a time of drastic growth and increased radical thinking.

2. In 1908, women were becoming more outspoken about their inequality. In 1908 15,000 women protested in New York City for better pay, hours and a right to vote.

3. The first National Woman's Day was on February 28. It was held on the last Sunday of February and continued through until 1913.

4. In 1910, At a Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen - an International Women's Day with no exact date was proposed. Over 100 women from 17 countries voted in favor of this proposal. Later 3 of these women were elected into Parliament in Finland.

5. In 1911, after the decision reached at in Copenhagen, International Women's Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million women and men were in attendance. Items of discussion were women's right to vote, to be trained, to hold public office and to end discrimination. Not more than a week later a tragic fire in New York City claimed the lives of over 140 working women. This tragic event drew more focus on the work conditions and labor laws.

6. The eve of World War I saw women campaigning for peace. In Russia women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February of 1913.

7. Since the beginning of the socialist movement. IWD has grown into a global day of recognition. IWD continues to grow annually. In 1975 the United Nations designated it as ‘International Women's Year'.

8. Government organizations throughout the world have been observing IWD annually, by holding events to honour the advancement all while reminding of the need for continued action to ensure that all women receive equality.

9. The IWD now sees men honouring mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues with tokens of their appreciation. Some countries see this day as equivalent to Mother's Day.

10. There has been a huge change in attitude shifts since the millennium, both about women's thoughts about equality and emancipation. Many of the younger women feel that the battle has already been won, while many feminists of old, know too well that this will be a continued concern for sometime.

11. Today women are still not paid equally compared to a man in the same position. They aren't represented in areas of business or politics and worldwide their health and violence against them is worse than that of men.
12. Women are beginning to inspire through some amazing achievements such as female astronauts, prime ministers. Women are now proving that they can have a family and a career. Today women have many choices before them, of what they want to do with their lives. We have careers and families, we are in public office and much more.

13. Annually March 8 is a day where thousands of events are held around the world to both inspire and celebrate achievements made by women. It's a day to inspire and celebrate.

Take some time today to let the women in your life know how special they are to you, and each year make sure to honour them in a special way and allow International Women's Day to enrich all of our lives.


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  2. Excellent TT! very informative, happy IWD to you too!

  3. Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
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  4. Great list! Thanks for sharing all these facts about International Women's Day. It's sad that even in today's day and age women still aren't paid the same as men for equal work.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

  5. i didn't know all that about IWD. :) Women rule!

  6. in the two years we have lived in Russia, Women's Day has become my favorite holiday! I hope that you had a great one!