International Women’s Day 2017 is a day to respect the role of women in society. It is to show appreciation and love to women as well as respect their achievement in political, economic and social fields. Initially, the day was known as International Working Women’s Day.

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Happy Women’s Day – March 8th 2017

A notable women’s day was the Icelandic women’s strike 1975 that laid the foundation for the first female president in the world. However, in many parts of the world, the day took recognition of the day of celebration and to show love towards women similar to Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Every year United Nations set a theme for the year to uplift women and their role in society. These themes are followed by many nations to help women as well spread awareness for equality. Many people wear purple ribbons on the day. One of the earlies celebrations was in 1907 in New York City in a Socialist Political event. In 1917, Soviet Union declared the day as a national holiday. The same spread to neighboring countries and at present many Eastern countries celebrate women’s Day.

When is Women’s Day 2017?

Women’s Day 2017 is an annual celebration commemorated on March 8.

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History of Women’s Day

The first known Women’s day was held on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of the strike of international ladies garment worker’s strike in 1908. However, according to some no such strike took place on March 8.

The American socialists and German socialists proposed an International Women’s Day in the International Woman’s Conference organized at Copenhagen, Denmark in 1910. Although no specific date was finalized to celebrate the day. Women from seventeen countries agreed on the idea as it would help to encourage woman equality especially right to vote in public. Next year on March 19.1911 more than a million women protested in countries like Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. International Women’s Day was noticed first time then. In Vienna, women demonstrated to be given the right to vote as well as to assume public office.

In addition to that, they revolted sexual discrimination for employment. The last Sunday of February was chosen to celebrate National Women’s Day in the United States. Russian women celebrated the first women’s day in 1913 on last Saturday in February in the Julian Calendar.

The whole year of 1913 saw many protest and women marches to nominate a day for women. In 1914, March 8 a women’ s Day was first held as it was a Sunday. However, since then the March 8 is dedicated to celebrating International Women’s Day across the world. In 1918 German women finally won the battle to right to vote, a fight that started from the demonstration of 1914.

The protest was also viewed in London were women marched from Bow to Trafalgar Square. In 1917, Russain women protested in Saint Petersburg for “bread and peace” to end the hunger caused by World War I. The day was an official holiday but a working till 1965. It was announced as nonworking day on May 8, 1965. Chinese communists and Spanish communists observed the day from 1922 and 1936 respectively. After China had become People’s Republic of China women were given half day off.

Women’s Day Tradition

There are various traditions followed in different countries around the world. Most common are giving flowers and gifts women, i.e., mothers, wives, sisters, and friends. Yellow mimosas are given to women by men in Italy. The symbol was chosen as other symbols were not available in large quantity as well as was expensive in Italy. Hence Teresa Mattei chose yellow mimosa as a symbol of International Women’s Day. The same accompanied with chocolates are a common gift in Russia.

There are many countries like Cameroon, Serbia, Croatia, ROmainia, Chile and Montenegro which do not have an official holiday on women’s day but still is widely observed. A common custom is to present women with gifts on the day. In Portugal, March 8 night is women only dinner where they can party and enjoy the night.

The United Nations in 1977 requested all members states to declare the day as UN Day for women rights as well as World Peace. However, many countries especially the eastern countries celebrated the day on an original day and not March 8. United Nations since 1996 chose themes to uplift women and their roles. Below are the list of the United Nations themes.

Sr.No. Year UN Theme
11996Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
21997Women and the Peace Table
31998Women and Human Rights
41999World Free of Violence Against Women
52000Women Uniting for Peace
62001Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
72002Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
82003Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
92004Women and HIV/AIDS
102005Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future
112006Women in Decision-making
122007Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls
132008Investing in Women and Girls
142009Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls
152010Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All
162011Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women
172012Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger
182013A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women
192014Equality for Women is Progress for All
202015Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!
212016Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality
222017Be Bold for Change

Happy Women’s Day 2017.