Women's History Month centers around International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide and to continue the fight for global equality for women and girls. In various forms, ranging from a communist holiday to a U.N.-sponsored event, International Women's Day has been celebrated for almost 90 years.*
March 8, 1857: In New York City, hundreds of women garment and textile workers protested against inhumane working conditions, the 12-hour workday, and low wages. Police attacked and dispersed the women. Two years later, these women formed their first union.
March 8, 1908: In New York City, 15,000 women marched, demanding shorter hours, better pay, voting rights and an end to child labor. They adopted the slogan "Bread and Roses."
In May of that year, the Socialist Party of America designated National Women's Day as the last Sunday in February.
February 28, 1909: The First National Women's Day was observed throughout the U.S.
1910: Women in Europe began celebrating Women's Day on the last Sunday of February.
February 23, 1917(March 8 on the Georgian calendar): the strike "for bread and peace," led by Russian women in St. Petersburg, merged with riots that had spread through the city between March 8–12. The February Revolution, as it became known, forced the Czar Nicholas II to abdicate.
Later, Lenin made March 8 an official communist holiday. During the Soviet period, the holiday celebrated "the heroic woman worker." Today it is still a Russian holiday—celebrated in the fashion of Mother's Day with flowers or breakfast in bed—in which men show appreciation for the women in their lives.
December 1977: The General Assembly adopted the resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day by Member States. International Women's Day has been observed by the United Nations on March 8 since 1975.
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