International Women's Day is observed annually on March 8 and celebrates the global “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.  IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.    #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias  

When was International Women’s Day first celebrated? 

The day was born out of the women’s rights movement in industrializing countries during the early 1900s

The Socialist Party of America first declared National Women’s Day in 1909. It would be observed on the last Sunday of February until 1913. In 1910, at the second International Conference of Working Women, a gathering of women from activist and political organizations in Copenhagen, the idea of an International Women’s Day was proposed and approved. 

The day would be observed for the first time the following year on March 19, 1911 in several European countries. The celebrations included rallies and events calling for women’s right to vote and an end to gender discriminations. 

March 8 has been the fixed date for International Women’s Day since 1914, when the day was moved to be in line with Russian women who celebrated the day on February 23 on the Gregorian calendar. 

The United Nations first recognized International Women’s Day in 1975. 

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How do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

There are various ways to celebrate International Women’s Day. Observance can include participation in all manner of digital and in-person social gatherings, including festivals, art exhibitions, and awards ceremonies among others organized by all kinds of governmental, nongovernmental and corporate institutions. 

Some of this year’s events include a webinar featuring women in leadership hosted by nonprofit Toastmasters International and another virtual event celebrating local women in Kalamazoo County, MI who have brought about positive change during the pandemic among. 

The International Women’s Day website keeps an extensive searchable list of events around the world

The was launched in 2001 to help consolidate organizing for the day and create annual themes and campaigns. 

Last year’s theme was #ChooseToChallenge, which hoped to inspire people to challenge gender stereotypes and biases. 

What is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day? 

This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias and asks the world to call out instances of bias against women in the workplace, at school and at home. 

The campaign asks that people show their support for this year’s theme by posting selfies to social media posing with their arms crossed along with the hashtags #BreaktheBias and #IWD2022. 

People can also submit their selfies to the International Women’s Day website. 

What color do you wear on International Women’s Day 2022? 

People have traditionally worn purple on International Women’s day. Purple, along with green and white are considered the colors of International Women’s Day, according to the website. These colors have roots in the United Kingdom’s Women’s Social and Political Union from the early 1900’s.