International Women’s day is celebrated every year on March 8. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International. This day celebrates the womanhood and contribution of women to society and it also commemorates women’s rights. The day is important in parts of the world where women are still forced to deal with shocking inequality on a daily basis and are meant to raise awareness of the challenges and struggles faced by these women.

History

Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28th, 1909 in New York. The first few Women’s Days were celebrated in a quite different fashion than they are nowadays, with hundreds of demonstrations taking place across the world. The date was not finalized during the conference but they agreed to celebrate every year to promote equal rights for women and women’s suffrage.

In 1911, as a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time on 19 March in several nations like Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland and more than one million women and men attended rallies.  In 1913 finally, March 8 was finally selected and ever since this day is celebrated as IWD. In the year 1975, the United Nations started celebrating the day.

Significance and Importance

International Women’s day is celebrated to promote gender equality and women’s achievements right from social to political. We celebrate the day to remember the inequality all women faced in past and how it still remains in many cultures and also the day is observed to raise awareness about women issues and her struggles. On this day we express our love and gratitude to the women who make a difference in our lives.

How to celebrate Women’s Day

There are many ways that you can go about celebrating this day, but all of them have a similar goal: to raise awareness about the struggles of women the world over and honor their achievements. Grand gestures aren’t necessarily required to show appreciation, either—sometimes a simple “thank you, I have no idea how you do it” is enough to lift an overworked woman’s spirits.