Each year International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. In other countries the day is simply reserved for celebrating women. This year the United Nations declared Inspiring Change as the theme.
The mission of the day is to encourage advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. Although women’s equality has made positive gains, the world is still unequal. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Currently, there are 182 events set to take place in the United States on March 8th in honor of International Women’s Day. Participants celebrating the day include organizations, government, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media.
The first International Women’s Day event took place in 1911. The first celebrations were dedicated to the women who worked towards the right to vote. Later, International Women’s Day was broadened to celebrate all aspects of women’s achievements and to encourage equality.
For more information on International Women’s Day, please visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp