What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is an international and special day which was defined by United Nations. It is celebrated on 8th of March in all over the world. It is a worldwide event which draws attention to human rights, gender equality, social, cultural, economical and political achievements of women.
In March 8, 1857 40.000 textile workers started a strike in their textile factory for getting better working conditions in New York State. But the police attacked the workers and they locked them into the factory. After the fire which came out in the factory, the workers could not run away from the fire because of the barricades constructed in front of the factory by the police. 120 women died in this fire and over 10.000 people attended their funeral.
In 26-27th August, 1910 International Socialist Women Conference held in Kopenhag, Denmark. In this conference Clara Zetkin, who was one of the leaders of German Social Democratic Party, offered a suggestion for announcing the date of 8th of May as International Women’s Day in commemoration of the worker women who died in that fire. Her suggestion had been accepted with unanimity.
At first the date of this special day had not been defined certainly. In 1921, Lenin who was the founder of the Soviet Union confirmed the date as 8th of March. During the world wars some countries banned this day because of their fear for lounging of communism. By the end of 1960s, protests in United States of America stepped up and General Assembly of the United Nations accepted 8th of March as International Women’s Day in December 16, 1977.
When is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day in 2018 has already passed. The next International Women’s Day is on Friday, March 8, 2019.
Dates for International Womens Day from 2019 to 2025
- International Womens Day 2020 - March 8, 2020 - Sunday
- International Womens Day 2021 - March 8, 2021 - Monday
- International Womens Day 2022 - March 8, 2022 - Tuesday
- International Womens Day 2023 - March 8, 2023 - Wednesday
- International Womens Day 2024 - March 8, 2024 - Friday
- International Womens Day 2025 - March 8, 2025 - Satuday