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March 8 is International Women's Day

Coming up on March 8th is the holiday known as International Women's Day. International Women's Day was created way back in the early 20th century (1908 is one of the earliest dates of celebration) to advocate for women's rights around the world. Many women were denied the right to vote at the time, so women's suffrage was one of the causes at the forefront at the time. Women held rallies and demonstrations to protest restrictions and advocate for the right to vote and to hold public office. Happily, women have made great strides in this area, and currently the only country in which women are not allowed to vote is Saudi Arabia.

Get with it, Saudi Arabia!

Another concern of women organizing at the time was for rights in the workplace to fair treatment, fair wages and humane working conditions. Unfortunately, this concern is still ongoing and has not met with the same amount of success as has suffrage. International Women's Day is still relevant to raise awareness of the women who are not yet receiving fair or equal treatment in the workplace, as compared to their male peers, and girls who are still being denied the right to an education, in some parts of the world.

International Women's Day can also be seen as a celebration, however; it's a good time to become aware not only of the challenges and suffering faced by women, but also of the wonderful contributions that women have made to society, culture, and history. There are many intelligent, talented women who have made great contributions to the fields of art and literature, math and science, and government and politics, and many young women continue to thrive and grow with new educational opportunities that will benefit society as a whole. The official UN theme for International Women's Day 2015 is "Make it Happen".

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bestwriter wrote on March 4, 2015, 10:45 PM

I somehow do not advocate days dedicated to different entities. I believe in doing my best rendering whatever support is called for, on a daily basis.

valmnz wrote on March 4, 2015, 11:44 PM

Good to read this. International Women's Day is always on my calendar.

Kungfu123 wrote on March 5, 2015, 2:31 AM

Happy Women's Day! We will take an activity to celebrate it.

peachpurple wrote on March 5, 2015, 3:46 AM

happy womens day to all ladies, grandmas, aunties, teachers, neighbors, moms, daughters, sisters, etc !!

cmoneyspinner wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:40 AM

AliCanary - I said this already but I'm going to repeat myself. In my humble opinion, International Women's Day AND International Human Rights Day are both the same. :)

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:12 PM

I think they are created to raise awareness of things, and are useful for that purpose. But certainly one should strive to support good causes every day of the year.

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:13 PM

It doesn't get a lot of promotion in the US, which is very odd and kind of unfortunate, because we could use more awareness of the issue, too! That's one of the reasons that I wrote this.

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:13 PM

Great! As a woman, I thank you.

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:14 PM

Yay! Good day to celebrate.

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:14 PM

They certainly have many intertwined interests.

luisga814 wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:36 PM

That will be on Sunday. I should treat my wife for her own good. Good morning to you.

cheri wrote on March 7, 2015, 11:07 PM

Happy International Women's Day to all the women like us in the whole world.

GemOfAGirl wrote on March 8, 2015, 12:39 PM

As a woman, I'll say that International Women's Day is fantastic! But I hate to think that the other 364 days of the year are all International Men's Day. Alas...more inequality....