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International Women's Day

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March 8th is International Women's Day, a day that is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the challenges that women have had to overcome in the last 100 years and those that they still face. Each year millions of people both celebrate advancements and spread awareness regarding issues for equality in education, politics, and employment. 

History of International Women's Day

On March 8th of 1857, a protest was staged by garment workers in New York City to challenge the working conditions and low wages they were encountering, with this event leading to the formation of first women's labor union. 50 years later more than 15,000 women, again in New York City, protested in order to receive increased wages, voting rights, decreased work hours, as well as the elimination of child labor. In February of 1909 the first International Women's Day was celebrated on the last Sunday of the month. 

International Women's Day Today

Today International Women's Day is an official holiday in over 27 countries around the world including in Afghanistan, China, Madagascar, Nepal, Uganda, and Ukraine. While great improvements have been seen in the goal to increase female equality, with women taking high-ranking positions in government and boardrooms around the world, in the United States women still earn less than men in almost every field, and human rights abuses toward women still occur around the world. 

To promote women's rights and equality major corporations hold specific events or highlight the day through awareness methods. For example, today Google has changed their logo in support of International Women's Day, while social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter encourage posts on their platforms that highlight the day. 

Spread Awareness

Today, celebrate IDW by sharing the message on your social media platforms. On Google+ and Twitter use the hashtags #IWD, #WomensDay, and #InternationalWomensDay to build and spread awareness about the need to improve women's rights around the world. 

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