On 8th March of every year, we celebrate International Women’s Day to pay a tribute to mothers, wives, sisters, fiancées, girlfriends, and friends, we have in our lives. These incredible human beings have made our lives meaningful and I wonder, what we would do if women were not there at all.
It goes without saying we owe immensely to women, from mothers who woke up early morning to prepare our daily breakfast, sisters who stood by us in every suffering to wives who struggled day and night to manage everything at house and workplace.
On every Women’s Day i.e. 8th March, we celebrate these incredible ladies and take some time to show how much we respect them, we love them and we value them. Perhaps, this holiday holds special importance for those countries where females are till now compelled to undergo alarming inequality routinely and is celebrated to increase awareness regarding hardships and pains faced by these females.
On this very day, people around the world commemorate women’s history, headlining main events, achievements, milestones, and targets to further boost and increase awareness about women’s rights and to establish equal opportunities across all fields.
Women’s Day: How it all started
The very first Women’s Day was celebrated on 28th February 1909 in the city of New York. After two years, Luise Zietz, a German socialist suggested that this day should be celebrated annually and should commemorate women’s problems like suffrage, in order to champion their equal rights.
Initially Women’s Day showcased hundreds of movements that took place across the European continent, a stark different celebration than it is today. During these campaigns, women appealed that they should be given the permanent voting right and to work in public positions. Another important matter was the discrimination of employment sex.
In the year 1917, the movements in Russia’s Saint Petersburg, helped in starting the February Revolution during which females advanced throughout the city appealing the termination of World War I. The movement came as a shock to Leon Trotsky and other Russian heads who never expected the February 28th revolts to cause such a big turmoil.
Prior to 1977, this day was celebrated primarily in self-governing nations. But, with the intervention of United Nations, 8th March was proclaimed as International Women’s Day and since then it is celebrated on March 8th worldwide.
Women’s Day 2016: Celebrating the holiday
You can celebrate this day by:
- Thanking women for what they have done for you and family.
- Recognizing their efforts by simply saying , “I have no idea of how you do it”.
- Gifting them a present that they value most in their lives.
- Coming up with things that can improve women’s lives worldwide.
- Attending any one event out of so many that educate you on women’s lives across the globe.
- Donating for the women’s upliftment.
- Reading books so that you can broaden your horizons about women achievements.
- Reading biographies of women who inspire you to see them in a different light.