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International Women’s Day

Clara Zetkin on Tango Echo

Clara Zetkin

Under the global UN theme of Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all, today marks the 99th celebration of International Women’s Day, first suggested in 1910 by Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) at the Second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen.

The very first International Women’s Day was launched the following year [in 1911] by Clara Zetkin on 19 March not 8 March. The date was chosen because on 19 March in the year of the 1848 revolution, the Prussian king recognized for the first time the strength of the armed people and gave way before the threat of a proletarian uprising. Among the many promises he made, which he later failed to keep, was the introduction of votes for women.

In 1913 International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women’s Day ever since.

via International Women’s Day.

Reuters Slide Show - International Women

As part of the celebrations, the Reuters News website has put together a slide show of excellent photographs called Women Living in Extraordinary Times, which you can find at their website or by clicking on the photo here.

Strange Random Women’s Day Quote:

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute – Rebecca West, The Clarion

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