Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day?


International Women’s Day is celebrated every year as a chance to herald the impact that women make around the world.

But while people in countless countries partake in the day, not as many may know the origins of the international holiday and why it began.

Learn about the history of International Women’s Day, why we celebrate it and this year’s theme below.

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When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8.

When did it first begin?

The day was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, according to the BBC.

The lineage of the celebration can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 female workers marched in New York City as they sought more humane working hours, better pay and the right to vote. The Socialist Party of America would go on to declare the first National Woman's Day in 1909.

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Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) Photo credit Getty Images

IIn 1910, women’s rights activist Clara Zetkin proposed making the event worldwide at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen.