International Women's Day History
International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world. Its purpose is to promote women’s equality, encourage support for repressed women and promote appreciation toward women everywhere. Many organizations, including the United Nations, use this day to also celebrate extraordinary achievements of ordinary women.
International Women's Day was initially promoted by the Socialist Party of America. In 1909, it designated this day in remembrance of a major strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. The holiday is now recognized internationally and is an Official National Holiday for many countries, including: China, Russia and Ukraine. It is observed annually on March 8th.
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International Women's Day References and Related SitesUN: International Women's Day UN: Woman's Day History www.state.gov: Secretary's International Women of Courage Award www.youtube.com: Michelle Obama Speaking at School in London www.un.org: Address to UN by Secretary General, Feb 2008. www.prnewswire.com: EY Study on Women in Business