It was first observed in the US on February 28, 1909, in honor of the 1908 worker’s strike when women protested against poor working conditions. A year later, The Socialist International met in Copenhagen and established a Women’s Day to honor the women’s rights movement.
The first International Women’s Day, in 1911, took place in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women rallied for worker’s rights, the right to vote and to hold public office, among other issues.
Today, International Women’s Day is observed worldwide:
March is National Women’s Month in the United States. It has been observed annually since 1987 to honor women’s contributions to society, history and culture.
American women have achieved many firsts; here are a few:
- The first convention held to advocate women’s rights was at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
- In 1869, Wyoming Territory was the first US territory to grant women the right to vote.
- The first woman elected to an American political office was Susanna Salter, mayor of Argonia, Kansas in April 1887.
- Elizabeth Blackwell was the first accredited American female doctor and founded the first medical school for women.
- Edith Wharton became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel - The Age of Innocence - in 1921.
- In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to successfully fly more than 20 hours across the Atlantic.
This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” which recognizes the contributions and achievements of women in the fields of science, mathematics, technology and engineering.
In honor of International Women's Day next week, we will publish some of our favorite inspirational stories of women in your family tree.
Do you have women in your family who were pioneer inventors? Do you have any stories of women ancestors' contribution to society, culture and innovation? We'd like to hear your stories. Share them in the comments below, or email them to email@example.com.
We’ve had a terrific response to our “International Women’s Day: Heroines in your family” post, where we invited you to submit stories about the incredible women in your families.
The stories we received highlight how women left their mark on their families while remaining a shining example for future generations.
Here are a few examples to inspire you as much as they inspired us. Thank you for sharing them.
International Women's Day is March 8, 2012 and we invite you to submit stories about the heroines in your family. We will showcase the best here in our blog.
We're looking for stories from the major to the everyday achievements of women in your family, whether they saved someone in WWII or raised amazing children as single mothers.
Here are comments from our own team about what International Women's Day means to them:
Ania - Marketing Manager, MyHeritage: