Today (Tuesday) is International Women’s Day. It’s a day set aside, dating back to the early 1900s, to celebrate the global “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” according to the International Women’s Day website.

Al Jazeera says the theme for this year’s holiday is: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

From Women’s Day Twitter:

The day also calls for action to advance gender equality. This year’s theme is Break The Bias and asks people to show their support for women by posting selfies to social media posing with their arms crossed along with #BreakTheBias or #IWD2022.

Al Jazeera says the holiday first began as National Women’s Day in 1909 as proposed by activist Theresa Malkiel. Then, at the International Socialist Women’s Conference in 1910, Clara Zetkin, an activist from Germany, proposed there be an international day for women to be able to press their needs. The first countries to recognize the international holiday were Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

March 8th was chosen as the day because that was the day in 1917 that a women’s protest was held in Russia to demand the end of WWI and food shortages. Who are the women in your life that you admire most? Those that have had the most incredible impact on your life?

Source: Al Jazzera

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