International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th since the early 20th century, when women were fighting to earn their place in the workforce. While it started as a socialist holiday in Eastern Europe with roots in the women’s rights movement, it has grown into a worldwide day of celebration. Each year, a theme is chosen, and this year’s theme is Inspiring Change.
German poster for International Women’s Day, March 8th, 1914; English translation: “Give Us Women’s Suffrage. Women’s Day, March 8, 1914. Until now, prejudice and reactionary attitudes have denied full civic rights to women, who as workers, mothers, and citizens wholly fulfill their duty, who must pay their taxes to the state as well as the municipality. Fighting for this natural human right must be the firm, unwavering intention of every woman, every female worker. In this, no pause for rest, no respite is allowed. Come all, you women and girls, to the 9th public women’s assembly on Sunday, March 8, 1914, at 3pm.” 
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Woman won the right to vote in America with the 19th Amendment, the election of 1920 was the first that women in every state in the nation could cast their ballots in. Women gained suffrage in New Zealand in 1893, and in Australia in 1901. Other countries followed their example through the 20th century.
Women’s rights have gained a lot of ground since the suffragettes started fighting for our voices, and celebrating International Women’s Day is a great way to honor those individuals and the sacrifices they made.