Why International Women’s Day is special

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On Sunday, March 8, with a warm sunshine comes International Women’s Day to recognize women worldwide. Let’s explore why this day is so special. 

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding better working and living situations. In 1910, a woman named Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day. She thought that every country should celebrate International Women’s Day on the same day, and that day would be March 8. In 1911, International Women’s Day was first recognized by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. 

Fast forward to officially establish the International Women’s Day date. In 1975, the United Nations recognized International Women’s Day. In 2011, former President Barack Obama declared March to be “Women’s History Month.” International Women’s Day is now recognized in many countries. Even Saudi Arabia, a country with controversial laws concerning women, has now uplifted the right for women to drive which adds to the legacy of women empowerment. 

A march through Petrograd on March 8, 1917, the inaugural year for International Women’s Day
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Did you know that 130 million girls are out of school worldwide? There are 750 million women and girls who were married globally; in addtion, there’s at least 117 countries that have no laws to protect girls from child marriage. In the United States, before the Nineteenth Amendment (which prohibits the government from denying people the ability to vote based on gender), only some states gave women the right to vote in a specific kind of election. Shown by this is that women had to work hard for their rights and that shouldn’t be the case. We should fight against oppression, not help it.

I think it’s important to recognize our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and all the other women in our lives. Women have shaped the world we see today, they have taken care of us since the time of birth to the time of the next generation. This day is in celebration to all of the women regardless of origin and background, you should really be proud – at least I am. I am thankful to have my mother, my niece, my cousin and all other women I know to be in my life. I think it’s good to have a day to remind us what good we have and not taking it for granted.

Happy International Women’s Day!