Happy International Women's Day! Here are some fun facts about this day

Happy International Women's Day to all those women who wake up everyday to do what is best for their families and for themselves; those women who make everything look so easy.

To celebrate this special day, we thought it would be great to learn some fun facts about today.

  1. International Women's Day is an official holiday in many countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (only for women), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (only for women), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
  2. In many countries, International Women's Day is a complete celebration where women get gifts and flowers. The most important parts of this day are the rallies, conferences, and government activities looking for equality. 
  3.  It all started on 1908 in New York when 15,000 women marched through the city to demand voting rights, shorter hours and better payment.  
  4. The first National Women's Day in the United States was on Feb 28, 1909. 
  5. It was in a conference for working women in Copenhagen where an international celebration was first proposed. The proposition was made by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office in Germany. Over 100 women from 17 different countries were attending the conference. The International Women's Day was approved unanimously during this conference in 1910.
  6.  In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated women on March 19 with more than one million women and men attending rallies supporting women's rights to vote, work, hold public office, and end discrimination.
  7. A few days later, 146 women died in New York in the tragic accident Triangle Fire. This horrible incident that happened in March 25 caught the attention of everyone to working conditions and labor legislation in the United States. 
  8. It was until 1913 when the official International Women's Day was transferred to March 8
  9. The United Nations celebrated International Women's Day in 1975. And adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace two years later. 
  10. President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 as the Women's History Month. He invited everyone to reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women.

Now that you know some interesting facts about this important day, go out and enjoy YOUR day! Let's show everyone how wonderful it is to be a women! Let's celebrate the great things we have accomplished like being able to vote and study, better labor conditions and payment. But let's remember to keep on fighting for equality, to get paid the same amount as a man, to stop discrimination, and so much more. Remember women's rights are human rights.

Source: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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