March 8 – International Women’s Day.

International Women's Day

On March 8 all the women in the world are celebrating International Women’s Day. A great day in history.  A great time to celebrate women and their special place in this world.

This holiday was originally called ‘International Working Women’s Day’. The first Women’s Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909 in the United States in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Women were calling for equality and justice. They wanted to have the same rights as men, and they wanted to be treated fairly.

In August 1910 an International Women’s Conference with over 100 women from 17 countries was organized in Copenhagen. German Socialist Luise Zietz offered an official celebration of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) to honor the movement for women’s rights. For the first time three women were elected to the Finnish parliament.

Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Around the same time next year, women all over Europe were protesting the World War I.

In 1917, in the end of February women had a strike for “bread and peace”, after loosing 2 million Russian soldiers in the war. The political leaders were opposing the strike, but women went on anyway. Four days later the provisional government granted women the right to vote. That was a historic Sunday of February 23 (Julian calendar). With the implementation of the modern Gregorian calendar, the celebration was moved to March 8.

Since then, every year International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Russia, Ukraine and many other countries.

In Ukraine, International Women’s Day is one of the most important holidays. It is a celebration of women, and their feminine side. And yes, women do expect to be treated extra special. No cooking, no cleaning, and no serving on this day. It’s all about women, women, and once again women.  It’s a great time for the beautiful souls to finally relax and enjoy all the attention and care from the strongest half of this planet.

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