International Women’s Day started in 1909 as National Women’s Day on February 28. It was celebrated as such on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
The day became international when Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested it in 1910 at a second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. Her idea was passed unanimously by over 100 women from 17 countries. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland on March 19. Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February in 1913. Soon after, the day was moved to March 8 and has been celebrated then since. Learn more about the history of the day at InternationalWomensDay.com.
What can you do to celebrate the women in your life? Anything you want really. Attend an event, there’s a list of them at InternationalWomensDay.com. Or go for something simpler, like singing a song, giving them a hug, or simply saying thank you. You can even take a picture and post it to social media, just don’t forget to hashtag it—#internationalwomensday.
Check out a message from Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja:
How about watching a movie by a female director for International Women’s Day:
For more information about the movies above, visit: cincyworldcinema.org.