Today we celebrate the International Women’s Day to commemorate the achievements made in human rights and honor women from all over the world.
The International Women’s Day originated on March 8th 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged a protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages. Police dispersed the protesters, but the movement carried on leading to the creation of the first women’s labor union in the United States.
On March 8th, 1908 fifteen thousand women marched the streets of New York chanting “Bread and Roses” with bread for economic security and roses for higher standards of living. Many of the protesters were European immigrants who came to America seeking opportunities for better life and equal human rights.
The International Women’s Day was proclaimed the official holiday at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark in August 1910. Clara Zetkin, a German human rights activist, proposed the establishment of an annual holiday honoring the strike of garment workers in the US. The proposal was unanimously approved by the 100 women from 17 countries.
Today women around the globe receive flowers and gifts to celebrate the tradition that has continued for more than 100 years.
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