Happy International Women's Day! Here's what to know about this special day:
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century since it began in 1911. The day recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally, and it's a call to action for gender parity. No government, corporation, organization or media entity can claim sole credit.
What is the history of International Women's Day?
The leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, Clara Zetkin, suggested a celebration in every country on the same day for women to "press for their demands." This Women's Day was first observed on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Campaigns across Europe against WWI inspired women in other countries to adopt International Women's Day.
The date of observance moved to March 8 in 1913. The United Nations celebrated International Women's Day for the first time in 1975 and started the tradition of an annual theme in 1996, according to the official website.
How can I find events close to me?
There are events listed in 47 countries on the International Women's Day website, and you can search by city and country on the events page. Some cities are sponsoring multiple events.
While most events will be held March 8, some countries began hosting them as early as Thursday and up to April 15. International Women's Day also coincides with Women's History Month in the U.S., so Americans may find events near them throughout March.
Kiss-FM is celebrating with women on the radio all day long! Be sure to tune in!