International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. If you are curious as to whether the Women’s Day date changes, no it does not. The day is of historic importance as it narrates how women have moved forward for the better. The day comes as a reminder to celebrate what women stand for, and what they continue to achieve, among other things.
History and Significance of Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is being celebrated for over 100 years and does not have any feminist theory to it. In fact, the day has come in from the labour movement, first organized in 1911. It was Clara Zetkin from Germany, a Marxist by nature, who started it in the early 20th century. While she was a teacher, she worked with the Social Democratic party – one of the two major political parties even today. Later, she became a part of both, the labour as well as the women’s movement. Hence, one can credit the beginning of this movement to her.
The significance of the day is how she worked for the quality of women and also became an editor for Die Gleichheit. It was Zetkin, who proposed that International Women’s Day should be celebrated on February 28, every year. This was done at a conference that was held with over 100 women from 17 countries. The day was first celebrated in 1911. However, two years later, the Women’s Day date was changed to March 8. Hence, we now celebrated it on March 8 instead!
As for the International Women’s Day 2021 theme in India and across the world, it is #ChooseToChallenge. The idea that the theme aims to propagate is a world that is challenged is alert, and the challenge is a result of the change. This year is a time to challenge our own selves and overcome what held us behind.
That’s just about everything you must know about International Women’s Day 2021. Cheers to celebrating everything that women stand for!