100 Years of International Women’s Day

Clara Zetkin during a congress in Zurich 1897

Clara Zetkin (Image via Wikipedia)


Margaret Wente writes in today’s Globe and Mail:

International Women’s Day sprang out of the European socialist movement of the early 20th century. In 1910, a German political activist named Clara Zetkin proposed a women’s day, to be celebrated every year on the same day in every country, to press for women’s demands. The first such day was held on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The following year, the date changed to March 8, where it has remained. In North America, nobody paid attention to International Women’s Day until modern feminism came along. Today it’s an official holiday in many countries, including – oh, irony – Afghanistan.

Please see foreign correspondent Stephanie Nolen‘s personal reflections on the status of women in the developing world.