International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This day also serves as a call to action to accelerate gender equality and empower women and girls in all aspects of life.
The History of International Women’s Day
The history of International Women’s Day dates back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City to demand better pay, shorter working hours, and the right to vote. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Since then, it has become a global event with countries around the world celebrating it in their unique ways.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is “Embrace Equity.” The theme recognizes that businesses must prioritize inclusion and belonging because it is not enough to just provide equal opportunity as “people start from different places,” according to the International Women’s Day campaign.