International Women’s Day: History, Significance, Goals

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March 8 has become one of the most significant dates in human history. It all has to do with the fights, struggles, losses, and achievements of women around the world. This day is commemorated as International Women’s Day to celebrate Women across the globe. And this year too, despite numerous challenges, women all around the world are gearing up to celebrate the historic day.

Every year, International Women’s Day has a particular theme. This year’s theme is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. Most of the time, the themes are mostly concerned with gender equality or empowering women, etc. It shows how despite living in the 21st century, women still have to fight for something as basic as human rights.

The History of How International Women’s Day Came in Place.

Initially, International Women’s Day started as a political movement. It was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in a move set forward by the Socialist Party of America. It was “to honor the garment worker’s strike in New York” on March 8, 1857. Eventually, it became an international affair as the movement started spreading out across the world.

Even though the first Women’s Day was observed in 1909 in New York, it became an international celebration back in 1911. A conference of 100 women from 17 countries took place that year. These women comprised of socialist parties, working women’s clubs, unions, and female legislators who unanimously approved the proposal. Thus, Women’s Day came into existence.

Clara Zetkin, a German communist activist and women’s rights advocate plays a significant role in starting the conversation about Women’s Day. She put forward the proposal to celebrate International Women’s Day at the conference. The date was eventually moved from February 28 to March 8 in 1913.

The Significance of International Women’s Day.

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Discrimination against women is a global phenomenon since an early age. And despite fighting a long and hard battle, we can still observe it everywhere in the world. Women have and are still battling numerous conflicts.

March 8 might be just another day for a lot of people, but for women, it is a day to celebrate who they are in their purest forms. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t celebrate the fact that you’re a woman any other day. But this day marks the greatness of women throughout history.


The ultimate goal of International Women’s Day has been equality since day one. We celebrate this day to recognize women, their strength, achievement, and overall contribution all over the world. And also to make the world aware of women’s equality, rights, and parity.

It is a day celebrating those powerful women and girls all around the world who are fighting a continuous battle against misogyny, discrimination, inequality, and countless issues.

2021 Theme.


The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”. This year, we celebrate every woman playing a significant part during the global pandemic.

This year, the Women’s Day celebration highlights the impact that women and girls internationally had during the fight against noble coronavirus. From frontline health care workers to caregivers, activists, innovators, and survivors, it is a day to celebrate all the women of the world.

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