|International Women’s Day 2010
March 8 is an annual, internationally recognised day that acknowledges and honours the struggle of women in their fight for women’s rights, equality; it is also a celebration of women’s progress.
In 1857 on March 8, women textile workers in New York City boldly stood up for their rights and demanded decent working conditions and a livable wage. For their collective courage these women faced brutal force but then later formed their own union.
On an international scale the first International Women’s Day (IWD) however occurred in 1911 as a result of collective organising by women workers from over 17 countries who were pushing for women’s enfranchisement.