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International (Working) Women's Day

Friday, March 08, 2013

International (Working) Women's Day

When : March 8th

International Women's Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations. The roots of this celebration goes back to the late 1800's to early 1900s. It grew from women's socialist movements and early women's trade union groups.

The first International Women's Day was held March 19, 1911. Women socialists and trade unions held an earlier Women's Day on the last Sunday in February, 1908. The event grew from there and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women's rights in the workforce, politics and society.

More Information:

UN's International Women's Day

The History of IWD

Other Links:

International Women's Day Links

This Day in History March 8
John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in England's North American colonies. (1655)
An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery. (1775)
Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt. (1777)
Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians. (1782)
The New York Stock Exchange is founded. (1817)
American Civil War: The iron-clad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) is launched at Hampton Roads, Virginia. (1862)
International Women's Day is launched in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany. (1911)
International Women's Day protests in St. Petersburg mark the beginning of the February Revolution (so named because it was February on the Julian calendar). (1917)
Daytona Beach Road Course holds its first oval stock car race. (1936)
The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4. (1978)
Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time. (1979)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union an "evil empire". (1983)
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing. (1999)
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  • PMAY0313
    1900 days ago
    Women have made an important place in the work force! Thanks for sharing this!
    1901 days ago
    I am a 'pioneer' of sorts in celebration this. - Yhe first female mail carrier in the USA started in that role in 3/67. In 6/67, I began carrying mail. That was in the days before the discrimination law was passed.
    1901 days ago
    Happy International Women's Day from me too.
    1901 days ago
    Happy International Womens Day. Thanks for those links
    1901 days ago
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