International Women’s Day 2019 Date: International Women’s Day is observed all over the world to celebrate womanhood, their social, political,
cultural, economic achievements and acknowledge their significant contributions to the society also. Adopted by the UN in 1977, every year,
March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day also.
After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York,
the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually also. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by
the socialist movement and
communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
The earliest Women’s Day observance, called “National Woman’s Day,”
was held on February 28,
1909 in New York, organized by the Socialist Party of America at the suggestion of Theresa Malkiel. Though there have been claims that the day was commemorating a protest by women garment workers in New York on March 8, 1857, researchers have described this as a myth.
Today, International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Before the UN adopted this day as International Women’s Day,
it was observed by socialist and communist countries also.