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International Women’s Day

In honor of today, I wanted to share some facts about the importance of International Women’s Day and some of the many achievements of women all over the world.

 

Background Info on International Women's Day

This day was originally celebrated as National Women's Day by the declaration of the Socialist Party in 1909 on February 28th. The first time International Women's Day was honored was followed a few years later in 1911 by several countries including: Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. International Women's Day was also originally celebrated on different days in different countries until the United Nations recognized it internationally

 

Themes for this year's International Women's Day

Every year a theme is chosen for International Women's Day and this year the theme is #ChooseToChallenge. According to internationalwomensday.com, this challenge is derived from the idea that everyone is held accountable for their thoughts and actions but that "We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world." I personally am inspired by this theme and think it is perfect for this year.

 

A Few Achievements Accomplished by Women.(There are numerous of achievements but here a just a few)


In 1970 Betty Friedan led the Women's Strike for Equality march.


Isabel Martínez de Perón in 1974 became the first female president in the world, but more specifically in Argentina after her husband was dying of heart disease.


In 1979, Susan B. Anthony became the first woman to be on a coin.


Women's History Week is first recognized in 1980.


In 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice


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