About International Women's Day

IWD LogoInternational Women's Day is a global celebration of women's achievements and advancement, being an official holiday in several countries.  The day was first observed at the start of the 1900's, commencing with the march of 15,000 women through New York City in 1908, campaigning for better pay, the right to vote, and shorter working hours.

This grew to be celebrated annually from 1909, moving to 8 March of each year in 1913.  The UN hosted an annual International Women's Day conference for many years, to try to coordinate international activities around women's rights.  Whilst the day celebrates the advancement of women's equality, it is a reminder of the action required to ensure that equalities are maintained, and where necessary, advanced.


Leicester 2015 IWD Inspirational Women at Leicester Booklet

History of International Women's Day

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