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WOMENS DAY MARCH 8 2009

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In the early 1900s, in a period of industrialisation and advancement, women began to become active and vocal in an effort to change their unequal standing in society. There was a massive march in 1908 through New York City with 15,000 demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights. After this campaign for change, the first National Women's Day was declared across the US on February 23 1909.

In 1910, the second International Conference for Working Women was held in Copenhagen where Clara Zetkin first proposed the idea for an International Women's Day. This idea was voted for unanimously by over 100 from 17 different countries and the International Women's Day has been celebrated ever since.

Since its birth from the Socialist Movement, International Women's Day has been a day to celebrate the strength of women and recognise the struggles of those in the past who have given the women of today, amazing opportunities. It is because of them that today, women have the right to vote, more freedom and greater career choice. It is also a day to recognise that there are still millions of women who are suffering under the oppression of an unequal society and there is still a long way to go until our society reaches true equality.

Thousands of events are held annually on 8 March to inspire women and celebrate their numerous achievements. Political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through the local community create a rich and colourful web that connects women throughout the world.

Many businesses and global corporations support IWD by holding their own events and sponsoring others. It is important to remember that you can make a change within your own community by holding an event or party. You too can ensure a bright and promising future for women!





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