Wednesday, March 08, 2006

International Women's Day (IWD)

March 8th commemorates women's rights and peace. According to Wikipedia, Internation Women's Day "is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women... it is an official holiday in Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine, and is observed by men giving the women in their lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc., flowers and small gifts."

1857: Women from clothing and textile factories in New York protested what they saw as very poor working conditions and low wages.

1908: 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

1917: Women's Day founders Klara Zetkin and Aleksandra Kollontai took part in the most famous International Women's Day strike "for bread and peace" led by Russian women in St. Petersburg.

1996: Mayor of Ottawa declares March 8 to be Alanis Morissette Day but she refused to accept this honor because March 8 was already International Women's Day.
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