It’s International Women’s Day today, and people will be celebrating worldwide in honor of the economic, social, and political achievements of women past, present, and future. It’s a particularly special event this year, however: today marks the 100th annual celebration of International Women’s Day.
The idea of an International Women’s Day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th Century, amidst vast economic changes around the world which had led to poor working conditions, and urbanization which fostered the exchange of new and radical ideas. The IWD event had its own quite radical traditions, as its inauguration came after a declaration from the Socialist Party of America. It was attended by over one million people in a number of countries, as women (and a fair number of men) came out onto the street campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office.