March 8 is International Women’s Day

Every March 8 is a United Nations observance called “International Women’s Day.” Take a look at this video filled with incredible facts and statistics about changes and developments impacting women.

The first women’s day occurred in 1909 in New York City. The following year, March 8 was chosen as International Women’s Day, as it was the day of an uprising of women textile workers in Russia during WWI.

Today, IWD is meant to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and gender equality. And it looks back to roots in various labor movements in the early 1900s.

The original aim of International Women’s Day — to achieve full gender equality for women all over the world — has still not been realized. A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women. It is also a day to make a call to action for accelerating gender parity.