It all started when 15,000 amazing women marched through the streets of New York City in 1908 demanding shorter work hours, better pay, and the right to vote. Fast forward to today, and we’re not only voting, but we might soon be electing the first ever woman president.
It might have taken a century to get this far, but change doesn’t happen overnight. And who knows where we’d be right now if not for those 15,000 marchers? So in addition to sending those 15,000 heroes a million thank-yous on March 8 this year, take some time to fully understand this holiday, what it means, and how it’ll continue to inspire change around the world.
Here are more fun facts about International Women’s Day that you should know.
1. It wasn’t always celebrated on March 8
The holiday is now celebrated on March 8 every year, but for the first five years, it was celebrated on Feb. 28. Then, in 1913-1914, Russian women celebrated International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. It has since been transferred to an annual celebration on March 8.
2. It started as a day, and is now celebrated all month long
3. The United States now designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.
The U.S. now uses the entire month of March to celebrate women’s history. Hope you were a US citizen..to just enjoy your womanhood for the entire month.
4. It’s not just celebrated by women
President Obama was responsible for making March Women’s History Month, starting in 2011. And even though IWD was created by women for women, it is honored each year by more and more men who understand the importance of gender equality. The more the merrier!
5. The UN sponsored ‘International Women’s Day’ first time
In 1975, the United Nations gave official sanction to International Women’s Day and began sponsoring it.
6. The meaning of the holiday has evolved since years
While IWD is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots are in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights.
7. IWD is an official holiday in over 27 countries
IWD is now a recognized holiday in 27 countries! This includes China, Vietnam, Uganda, Afghanistan, Cuba, and Russia.
8. Google inspires women adding a new Google Doodle every year 8 You can take action
Make sure to check Google’s homepage on March 8, as it continues to honor IWD each year with a themed doodle.
9. You can just take action Women speak 14,000 more words than men
There are many ways you can be part of the IWD celebrations this year. IWD’s website offers options to take action, including a pledge, ways to host your own gender parity event, and information on why this is such a global necessity. So do your part, and keep this amazing celebration going strong each year.
10. Women speak 14,000 more words than men
Researches have claimed that women speak about 20,000 words a day on average. It’s just 7,000 for men.
So do you feel enlightened with the actual facts of the international women’s day. Share the post and like us. Happy women’s day
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