March 8th is International Women’s Day! The first official International Women’s Day took place in 1911 and prioritized the rights of women to work, vote, and hold public office. Over one million women and men attended rallies across Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on that day in 1911. In 1975, the United Nations officially set March 8th as the date for International Women’s Day.
The day, which highlights both the achievements of women across the world as well as the disparity between the genders, has become truly global. In its international nature, it is also an important opportunity to acknowledge the diversity of issues faced by women depending on their background, their nation’s level of development, and many other factors. Although no one organization owns or leads International Women’s Day observances and activities, the United Nations has given 2017’s International Women’s Day the theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” in line with their Sustainable Development Goals.
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