Why we celebrate?
In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. Henceforth, the entire world celebrates it every year.
It’s a day when we celebrate femininity and what it means to be a WOMAN. However, historical significance of International Woman’s Day is not known to many. The freedom and equality which we have now taken for granted, was given to us after much struggle.
It was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in North America and across Europe, which the women’s movement originated as a result of the discriminating and regressive behaviour towards women. At that time the economy was in full growth which caused both men and women to work. But, women workers were paid less as compared to their male counterparts even though both put an equal amount of time and labour. Eventually, it was realized that it is not just at work where women were being condemned. They were also denied full civic rights such as voting, without which they were helpless.
Soon, this anguish from powerlessness and inequality led to an outburst as women took matters in their hands by fighting against female subjugation. The movement spread beyond borders to countries such as, United States, Canada, and Australia. On February 23, 1917, a substantial group of Russian working women, in spite of warnings from political leaders, went on strike. Women demanded their basic human rights; to make their own decisions and choose their future; professional and economic. According to the Gregorian calendar, that day was March 8th.