International Women’s Day

Today-March 8th – is International Women’s Day, a day of world-wide events to celebrate social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. IWD dates back to 1908 and a march by thousands of women workers. That same year Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance meeting in Amsterdam, declared: “We oppose a common enemy whose name is not man, but conservatism. Its weapons are the same in all lands – tradition, prejudice and selfishness. We too have a common weapon – an appeal to justice and fair play.” The day was named in 1909 and widely celebrated by 1911, the year of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City that killed 146 girls and women.

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