Observing International Women’s Day

Tomorrow, March 8th is International Women’s Day.  This day has been designated for the observance of women worldwide, especially those who work toward creating a better world in which all humankind may live.

According to Wikipedia, International Women’s Day was originally referred to as International Working Women’s Day.  It was intended to be a celebration to show appreciation, respect and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements.  As early as the year 1909, this day was celebrated in New York City.  In 1975, the Icelandic women’s strike made it effective in Iceland, and it helped pave the way for the election of the first woman President in the world, Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

More than a century since the women in New York City celebrated this day, women around the world will observe International Women’s Day in some form or fashion to celebrate what began long before any of them existed.  In some parts of the world tomorrow, women will march for peace, in other parts, they will march for equal pay, while others will hold various programs and celebrate this special day set aside, just for women.