In 1908, thousands of women in New York protested against their long hours, low pay and lack of voting rights. As a result, the first Woman’s Day was celebrated in the U.S.
The pioneering women that worked hard to gain the right to vote were known as “Suffragettes.”
The word “Suffragette” is derived from the word “suffrage,” meaning the right to vote, especially in a political election; and the suffix “-ette,” meaning “female.”
With the rise of socialism and the expansion of the Industrial Revolution, the suffragette’s struggle for women’s rights gained momentum internationally.
In Copenhagen during 1910, Clara Zetkin, a leader in the “Women’s Office” for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of having a worldwide Women’s Day to highlight discrimination against women. She presented this idea at a conference of over 100 women from 17 countries. Her idea was adopted; thus creating International Women’s Day.
Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated as an official holiday by many countries. In some countries – such as China, Nepal and Madagascar – it is a holiday for women only. March 8 has become a global day for celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women of the past, present and future.
Read more: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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