International Women’s Day lands Thursday in a year that saw women from all walks of life rise up in protests, power building and advocacy over issues of equality and harassment.
Organizers of International Women’s Day 2018 hope to ride that wave of activism with this year’s theme: #PressforProgress — a push for gender parity worldwide.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also a call to action through events large and small focusing on equality.
How is the day celebrated?
It is marked by rallies, panel discussions, seminars, networking events and performances.
The Women’s Day site offers downloadable resources for teachers and parents such as activity booklets and fact sheets. And there is a recommended reading list for all ages.
What is the day’s history?
The first women’s day was observed in February 1909 when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding improved pay, shorter hours and voting rights.
The day was mostly celebrated by socialist movements and communist countries in the following decades.
In 1975, the United Nations proclaimed the year International Women’s Year and christened March 8 as Women’s Day.
Source: USA Today