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Thursday, March 8, marks International Women’s Day (IWD), traditionally observed as a time for both men and women to celebrate the progress made to advance women’s equality and the progress that continues to take place.

International Women’s Day is marked by women’s groups around the world to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

It is officially commemorated at the United Nations each March in recognition of the universal struggle for gender equality, justice, peace and development.

The first observance of an international Women’s Day was held on Feb. 28, 1909, in New York City.

The date of March 8 was later suggested by the 1910 International Woman’s Conference to become an “International Woman’s Day.”

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there.

The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.


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