Women’s History Month: International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! Today is the 100th Anniversary (as Google may have told you with that lovely display).

Here’s to all those wonderful women in the gaming industry, the women who play the games, the women who buy the games, the moms who let their sons play the games (and the moms who payed attention and didn’t buy certain games), and to all the other forms of gamer girl in existence!

What is IWD About?

Annually on March 8th, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities, and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades, and more.

The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. with flowers and small gifts. In some countries, IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day, where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

History

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900s, when women began to believe they could stop their oppression and gain equality.
The Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) on February 28th. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
In 1910, a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin proposed that every year in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from seventeen countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval, and so International Women’s Day was created.

Less than a week after the first international women’s day, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labor legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events.

Trivia

  • 1975 was designated as International Women’s Year by the United Nations.
  • In 1913, following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred from March 25th to March 8th, and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.
  • IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
  • Google is often a supporter.

Need

Some people think that there is no longer a need for IWD, because women have won the fight. We are equals. However, women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally, women’s education and health is worse than that of men. The violence many women face, even here in America, is staggering (and even crazier is the fact that their stories often don’t make it into the news).

So let’s support IWD. I would like to especially dedicate this post to all of the women who have been harassed and talked down to in the online gaming world, simply because they are girls. Don’t let them get you down, they are just intimidated. 😉

One thought on “Women’s History Month: International Women’s Day

  1. Pingback: March is Women’s History Month… How Are You Celebrating? « Nerdy but Flirty

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