A Century of International Women's Day

Happy 100th!

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Events are scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries around the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be "Women's History Month", calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on "the extraordinary accomplishments of women" in shaping the country's history. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the "100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges", on the eve of IWD.

Here are some ways that countries across the world celebrate today:

In Poland, for instance, every IWD includes large feminist demonstrations in major cities. In Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas to women. Yellow mimosas and chocolate are also one of the most common March 8 presents in Russia and AlbaniaIn many countries, such as In Bosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilBulgariaCroatiaEstonia,HungaryLithuaniaMacedoniaMoldovaMontenegroPoland, Romania, Russia, SerbiaSlovakia and Slovenia, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. Women also sometimes get gifts from their employers. Schoolchildren often bring gifts for their teachers, too. In countries like Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of 8 March in "women-only" dinners and parties. 

What can you do? How about . . . 


Joining tens of thousands of people coming together on bridges all over the world -- from the Millennium Bridge in London, the Brooklyn Bridgein New York City, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, to the Grand Barriere Bridge joining Rwanda and Congo -- to show your support for women's causes and celebrate women's achievements.
Or donate to one of the incredible organizations that work to improve the lives of women worldwide. Support a cause you care about! Learn more about both opportunities here!

Text culled from Wikipedia and Google.com

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