1. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote.
2. The Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s day in the United States to be February 28, 1909.
3. In 1910 at the second International Conference of Working Women Clara Zetkin proposed an annual International Women’s Day (IWD). Her suggestion was unanimously approved.
4. In 1911 on March 19th over one million men and women attended IWD rallies for women’s right to work, hold public office, and end discrimination. Less than one week later on march 25th the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred in New York City. More than 140 women died in the fire, which drew attention to working conditions of women and others.
5. Women in Russia observed their first International Women’s Day in 1913.
6. Russian women begin the “bread and peace” strike on March 8, 1917 to protest the loss of over 2 million soldiers in World War I. Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional government granted women the right to vote.
7. The United Nations designated 1975 as International Women’s Year.
8. In some countries children give their mothers and grandmothers small presents today.
9. Women are still not paid the same as their male counterparts.
10. Women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics and globally women’s education, health, and violence against them is worst than that of men.
For more information on International Women’s Day see:http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp