A History of International Women's Day
How th e day evolvei International Women's Day was first intended to higlilight the struggles of working class women and to promote universal suffrage for women. Over the years, International Women's Day has become a time to reflect on progress and a call to continue the work of creating positive changes. Here is a timeline of the evolution of International Women's Day: 1857: Women textile workers in New York went on strike on March 8 to protest against low wages and poor working conditions. 1907:The March 8, 1857 strike was commemorated. This time, the women Until 1913, National Women's Day was celebrated on die last Sunday of the month so that a work day would not be lost. 1910:At the International Socialist Conference in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin proposed that March 8 be observed internationally as International Women's Day. 1911: March 19,more than one million women in Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Germany, used the day to rally for the right to vote, to hold public office, and access to vocational training. Celebrations also took place in Russia and China. This is considered to be the first official 1977: UNESCO proclaimed March 8 as International Women's Day. 1980: Second World Conference on Women held in Copenhagen. 1985:ThirdWorld Conference on Women held in Nairobi. At Nairobi, Strategies for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2000 were adopted which proposed actions to be taken by governments and the international community in order to achieve gender equality by the end of the century. 1995: Fourth World Conference held in Beijing. Platform for action adopted.