Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the world. Just as it is a day of celebration, it is also a call to accelerate gender equality.
Starting in the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day started as a day to fight for women’s rights amidst a highly developing industrial landscape and a soaring population. The first ever International Women’s Day was held in 19 March 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Over one million women and men attended rallies campaigning to end discrimination.