International Women’s Day: 2017

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The International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide by women’s organizations on 8 March 2017. The day is also called World Women’s Day, Women’s Day, United Nations Day for Women’s Rights or International Women’s Day. The day appeared around the time of the First World War in the struggle for equality and the right to vote for women and can look back on a long tradition.

The German socialist Clara Zetkin proposed the introduction of an international women’s day at the Second International Socialist Women’s Conference on 27 August 1910 in Copenhagen against the will of her male party colleagues, but without favoring a certain date. The idea came from the USA. There, women of the Socialist Party of America (SPA) had founded a National Women’s Committee in 1908, Which decided to initiate a special national campaign day for women’s voting. The first Women’s Day was then celebrated on 19 March 1911 in Denmark, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Switzerland. Since 1921, the International Women’s Day is held on 8 March.

Today 8 March is a legal holiday in many countries. In the People’s Republic of China, the afternoon is free for women. However, there are, in particular, politically active women who are now opposed to the celebration of women’s rights. Luxembourg’s EU Commissioner Viviane Reding said: “As long as we have to celebrate a women’s day, it means that we do not have equal rights. The goal is equality, so we do not need such days.”

A special national campaign day for women’s voting.

The first Women’s Day was then celebrated on 19 March 1911 in Denmark, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Switzerland. Since 1921, the International Women’s Day is held on 8 March.

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