What do you know about Women’s Day?

March 8th is the International Women’s Day, celebration of the social, political and economical conquests of women.

After one of the meeting of the Socialist International, in 1907, socialist women decided to split off from the original group and create their own. Women from all over the world took part in the International Conference of Socialist Women to speak about women’s freedom.

On May 3rd, 1908, Corinne Brown spoke at the conference of the Socialist Party of Chicago, that used to take place every Sunday. She spoke to women and about women and for this reason that was called “Women’s Day“. In the same year the American Socialist Party pushed all its local sections to dedicate the last Sunday of February to Women!

In the following years in some European countries the government established a “Women’s Day“, but on March 18/19th.

On March 8th, 1917, the “Russian revolution of February” started: in that day a huge group of women demonstrated to claim the end of the war. For this reason the II Conference of Socialist Women set March 8th as the “international day of famale lobourers“.

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Nowadays, there are different ways to celebrate this day in different countries.

This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many celebrations are cancelled or moved online, but it’s still possible to do many lovely things.

In Italy men are used to give mimosa to women; as it blooms in this period of the year, it became the symbol of this celebration.

In Russia it is a bank holiday: women are the “masters of the house” and men have to do the house works!

In Zimbabwe and Cameroon the women’s associations organise cultural events to promote women’s emancipation.

In Colombia only women celebrate this day: they organise the “Pollada“, a market of typical products to increase the funds for no profit organisations.

In Vietnam women take to work some food to share with their colleagues and in Indonesia intellectual women organise meetings to talk about how the women’s conditions improved from the year before.


And what about your country? What is the typical celebration for the Women’s Day?

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