International Women’s Day - March 08, 2023

International Women’s Day
Last Updated on: 25 Nov 2022

What is International Women's Day?

Even if women's socioeconomic circumstances have significantly improved in the modern world, this is a consequence of women's persistent struggle against injustice.

IWD, also known as International women's day, is a day set aside to recognize these accomplishments and the women who have contributed to upholding them. 

Every year, the day is marked to promote women’s empowerment and awareness of domestic violence in every workplace and institution. Involving the younger generation in this event is crucial for educating them about the proper path. 

International Women's Day Quick Overview

  • Date: March 8 
  • Category: Cause
  • Where It’s Marked? Globally 
  • Why It’s Marked? The day celebrates women's historical, cultural, and political achievements. The day was also observed in support of taking action against gender inequality worldwide.  

History of International Women's Day

The importance of women in our lives is evident in our everyday life as homemakers. Moreover, they proudly contribute, given the rising educational rate and the growing participation of women in every industry. One of the critical factors in this improvement is the widespread observance of Women's Day. But it didn't take place in a single day. 

The origins of the worldwide women’s day celebration can be found in the early nineteenth century. Continue reading to learn what motivated women of that era to stand up and fight against injustice. 

1. Why was it essential to have Women’s Day?

Industrialization began to spread worldwide at the end of the 18th century. The lives of the women were not made easier by this advancement, however. They used to put in more work hours than men, but they were paid less, and many other injustices followed.  

To put an end to this discrimination, the first campaign was conducted in New York City. The mass repeated the slogan “Bread and Roses” to protest with bread and roses for a stable and fair salary and a high-quality livelihood. 

The march took place on March 8, 1908, and involved 15,000 female workers from various parts of the city. Later this day was adopted and inspired to establish Women's Day worldwide.

2. Who initiated International Women’s Day?

While the female workers around the United States kept protesting, an influential Socialist in Germany named Clara Zetkin proposed the concept of celebrating IWD at the Copenhagen Conference in 1910. The plan received universal support even though no specific date could be agreed upon 

 Following the proclamation, a global movement of protest erupted to defend the rights of both male and female employees. For instance, on March 19, 1911, millions of people participated in marches and rallies worldwide.

However, the protests couldn't stop the unfortunate events keep happening. One of them is the tragedy at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. More than 140 young female workers, mainly Jews or immigrants from Italy, were killed in this accident. This terrible incident is still remembered today.

After that, IWD was observed in Russia in February 1913 for the first time; in 1917, the government granted voting rights to Russian women. 

Women all around Europe also united with this movement.  

3. Declaration of the Date

The United Nations significantly contributed to the adoption and global recognition of International Women’s Day. Several international conferences have been held to increase awareness of the fundamental human rights that women cannot access in developing or developing nations.

The date for IWD is March 8 was also decided in 1975.

How to Celebrate International Women's Day?

How to celebrate

International Women’s Day is celebrated in every educational and corporate institution with enthusiasm and festivity. If you are looking for exciting and meaningful ideas to celebrate IWD in 2023, Check out the outstanding ideas below:

1. Spread the truth about feminism 

We are living in the new era of feminism, where women do not wait for the permission of the male figure of the family to go out and work. However, there are still some misconceptions about feminism. 

You can write a post on social media to discuss what people think of feminism now. Spread the words that women do not need to disparage men to obtain their rights, and all they demand is equal workplace treatment. 

2. Raise your Voice 

The history of Women’s Day teaches us to speak up against any discrimination. So, raise your voice on this day if you face any discrimination at work or any misogynistic comment your co-worker passed the other day, and you laughed it off. 

Also, raise awareness to avoid the stereotypical roles of women portrayed by the media for years. 

3. Dress up with Colors Arrange 

Do you know the colors of IWD? They are White, Green and Purple. In 1908, these colors were selected by the UK-based ‘Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). So, encourage your co-workers to wear any of these three colors. Have a day in the office with casual outfits, and have fun! 

4. Post photos to support the theme 

The theme of the IWD changes each year. For example, last year, it was #breakthebias, #pressforprogress, and #balanceforbetter. Even though 2023 the theme is not decided yet, you will know as soon as we get the updated theme. 

So, when you post photos on social media, use the hashtag to reach more people and support women's empowerment. 

5. Be fit physically and mentally

While managing home and work, the wonder women of our lives often forget to care for themselves. If you plan to celebrate Women’s Day at your office, you can arrange a workshop for your female employees.

They can learn about their physical and mental well-being at work and home. Also, they will feel more encouraged to seek help when needed rather than ignoring it.

6. Share your success story

If. there is no community program arranged in your office or your neighborhood, why not organize one yourself? Get together with all the females of your building, co-worker, or friends, and share each other’s success stories. The gathering will lift your spirit to do better and take risks bravely.

Find out the local shops in your neighborhood that belongs to a lady. Being a businesswoman is difficult in this market, and you should appreciate the effort if someone dares to do so. So, buying goods from the shop and posting them on social media will give them the support they need. 

7. Shop from a female-owned business

 Find out the local shops in your neighborhood that belongs to a lady. Being a businesswoman is difficult in this market, and you should appreciate the effort if someone dares to do so. So, buying goods from the shop and posting them on social media will give them the support they need. 

Countries that Observe International Women’s Day

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  • International Women’s Day is officially observed in almost every country worldwide to acknowledge women's contribution to your life. 
  • The day is a federal holiday for only women in Madagascar and China. And in Angola, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Austria, Moldova, Germany, Laos, Uganda, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Ukraine, and Zambia, it is a federal holiday for both men and women. 
  • Australia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Romania, Vietnam, Herzegovina, and Chile observe International Women's Day enthusiastically and respectfully. However, it is not a holiday. 
  • France celebrates March 8 as International Women's Rights Day. 
  • The day is combined with Mother’s Day in Macedonia, Serbia, Uzbekistan, and Albania. 
  • The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic honors every woman in their country with a grand celebration. It is considered an important day to celebrate annually. 

Interesting Facts about International Women’s Day

Whether in the office or at a social gathering, you can impress people by sharing fascinating facts about Women’s Day.

  • Initially, the date was February 28, 1909, for National Women’s day around America, according to the declaration of the Socialist Party. 
  • We have been celebrating International Women’s Day for approximately 100 years. 
  • In 1911, people celebrated IWD on March 19, not March 8.
  • People in the USA celebrated Women’s History Month in March 2011. 
  • In Russia, there are 9 million more women than men. 
  • Around 50% of a country's economic development can result from educating women. 
  • Study shows that more than 60 million girls are forced into marriage underage. 
  • Marilyn Vos Savant was enlisted for having the highest IQ worldwide among men and women. It was 228. 
  • In both Military and governmental positions, women are contributing significantly. Around 14% of the United States Military has Women veterans. 
  • Did you know? Ada Lovelace, a female programmer, was a pioneer in the field of Computer Programming.
  • Women are more experts in recognizing shapes and colors. 

Unique International Women's Day Celebration ideas

For extraordinary women, you will need unique and creative celebration ideas. When arranging a celebration for your mother, girlfriend, wife, or sister, try to make their day special with your thoughtful ideas. 

This list of ideas is also appropriate for girls wondering how to spend the day. 

  • Help out a local organization that is working for women in need. You can also help to raise funds and support online.
  • Watch a movie that depicts women's empowerment. Examples are Little Women, The Iron Lady, Coco Before Chanel, Hidden Figures, Becoming Jane, and The Breadwinner. Or arrange a movie party at your home where the film has a female protagonist.
  • Read the books that speak for women, such as Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua, The Women’s Suffrage Movement by Elizabeth Vogt, and Making Space by Matrix. If you are feeling unworthy or depressed, these books will help you feel better.
  • Do you know how dancing can make you feel better? Set aside the tables of your office and arrange a Happy Feet Challenge to dance off the stress and arrange gift packs.
  • International Women’s Day is all about spreading kind words and being united to support the girls who need help. Send texts, kind words, and support, and raise their spirit with your writing. 
  • Plan an all-girl trip and hike. Let the world know you are strong enough to achieve anything you want.
  • Get a day for yourself. Pamper yourself and groom with a makeover. It will boost your confidence. 

International Women's Day Quotes 

Lastly, here are some powerful quotes to share with your besties. 

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.”- says Gina Carey

“If we do not lift women and families, everyone will fall short.”- Kamala Harris

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”- Maya Angelou

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”- Malala Yousafzai

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.”- J.K. Rowling

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”- Oprah Winfrey

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”- Margaret Thatcher

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”- Michelle Obama

“Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.”- Mother Teresa

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”- Hillary Clinton

FAQ

1. Why is purple the Colour of International Women’s Day?

Purple represents integrity. When you wear Purple on this day, it signifies your solidarity with women, regardless of country or region, for their rights and equality. 

2. What is the flower for International Women’s Day?

The Mimosa flower is chosen as the flower for IWD as it symbolizes both sensitivity and strength. 

3. How can I surprise her on Women’s Day?

You can buy her gifts or send a bouquet with a heartfelt note.

International Women’s Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name
2021 Monday 08 March International Women’s Day
2022 Tuesday 08 March International Women’s Day
2023 Wednesday 08 March International Women’s Day
2024 Friday 08 March International Women’s Day
2025 Saturday 08 March International Women’s Day
2026 Sunday 08 March International Women’s Day

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