Updated: Apr 24
In 1910, Germany's Clara Zetkin served as leader of the women's office for the Social Democratic Party. She used her platform to push for one designated day where all nations not only advocated for women but celebrated a year later it happened. Women in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland observed the first International Women's Day on March 19th, 1911.
Three years later, women in the UK observed and protested for women's suffrage in 1917. Women in Russia spent International Women's Day protesting against more than two million Russian deaths during World War II. The protests lasted four days and resulted in women earning the right to vote.
More than six decades passed before the United Nations celebrated the first International Women's Day in 1975. In the years that followed global participation waned until the Internet age.
In 2001, Internationalwomensday.com launched and a few years later hashtags for each year's theme did too.
In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed March women's History Month and encouraged Americans to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history.
March 8th, 2021 international Women's Day is happening with the first-ever woman as vice president of the United States.