Celebrating the Spirit of Womanhood.

#PressForProgress THIS WOMAN’S DAY 2018

8th March every year is dedicated to commemorate womanhood and feminism – a woman’s social, cultural, political, economic struggles and their significant offerings to our society. The fight for equality may not be getting any younger but women are fighting everyday for their due space in each and every industry, for equal rights and gender equality. However, the battle is yet to be won.

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Before the UN officially adopted it in 1977, the day was mostly illustrious in Socialist and Communist countries. This day is not limited by groups and sects, but it brings together  all state governments across the globe, women welfare associations and organizations, NGOs and charities, each hearting on to celebrate womanhood. It is celebrated by dedicating active discussions, marches, art, performances and conferences to the cause of the day. The initial celebrations labeled this day as International Working Women’s Day in a socialist-political event in New York City in 1909.Themes have also evolved to play an important role in the celebration of womanhood. It not only does provide a legit context but also highlights the mayhem women face and the call for ending them. On the heels of the raging hashtag movements #MeToo and #TimesUp, the 2018 campaign is being summed up in a hashtag as well.

Feminist struggles can be traced back to the French revolution when women demanded the right to vote. But International Woman’s Day celebrates the spirit of womanhood that is keeping the flame burning. It started being observed from the 1900s and it has been a continuation ever since. 15,000 women in New York marched the city demanding suffrage rights, shorter working hours and a better pay that would be equal to men. After this upsurge, National Women's Day was observed on February 28 in the whole of United States.

In August 1910, Clara Zetkin the leader of the ‘women’s office’ of the Socialist Democratic party of Germany declared that International Women’s Day would be observed every year. The aim was to further women rights and suffrage rights. This proposal got backed up by over 100 women across 17 countries which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament.

In the following year, International Women’s Day was observed by millions of men and women across many countries. The demands were however not just limited to women’s rights, but it extended to ending discrimination at the workplace and to start vocational training for women.  In the year 1917, women were finally allowed to vote but the protest was still going strong during the world war in Russia, who demanded ‘Bread and Peace’.

We have come a long way since the origins of International Women’s Day, but we are not there yet. The struggles of the past are something we should be reminded of day after day not just once a year for an arbitrarily sanctified anniversary. On this note we must remind every Superman that Wonder Woman is not hiding anywhere!



07 Apr 2018 10:27 PM


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