International Women’s Day

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

History

Much progress has been made to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times. However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men, according to the UN. The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.

The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19 in 1911. The inaugural event, which included rallies and organized meetings, was a big success in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women in 1848. The promise gave hope for equality but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8 in 1913.

The UN drew global attention to women’s concerns in 1975 by calling for an International Women’s Year. It also convened the first conference on women in Mexico City that year. The UN General Assembly then invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace in 1977. The day aimed to help nations worldwide eliminate discrimination against women. It also focused on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development. International Men’s Day is also celebrated on November 19 each year.

Symbols

Symbols of international women's day
Symbols of international women's day

The International Women’s Day logo is in purple and white and features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female. The faces of women of all backgrounds, ages, and nations are also seen in various promotions, such as posters, postcards and information booklets, on International Women’s Day. Various messages and slogans that promote the day are also publicized during this time of the year.

External Links of International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Quotes to Support Women's Rights

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“Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” –Unknown

“To tell a woman everything she cannot do is to tell her what she can.” –Spanish Proverb

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd; she is herself.” –Loretta Young

“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” –Ntozake Shange

“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” –Unknown

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” –Hillary Clinton

“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” –Coco Chanel

“She wasn’t looking for a knight. She was looking for a sword.” –Atticus

“There’s nothing a man can do that I can’t do better and in heels.” –Ginger Rogers

“Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” –Nora Ephron

“Girls should never be afraid to be smart.” –Emma Watson

“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” –Stephanie Bennett-Henry

“A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” –Gina Carey

“Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” –Unknown

“If you have a dream, make it a goal.” –Unknown

“Sometimes it’s the princess who kills the dragon and saves the prince.” –Samuel Lowe

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” –Unknown.

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” –Katherine Hepburn

“She believed she could, so she did.” –Unknown

“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” –Malala Yousafzai

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” –Margaret Fuller

“Sometimes it takes balls to be a woman.” –Unknown

“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” –Unknown

“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” –Margaret Thatcher

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” –Melinda Gates

“We all have a ‘Wonder Woman’ inside of us.” –Unknown

“I can and I will. Watch me.” –Carrie Green

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois

“The most beautiful thing a woman can wear is confidence.” –Blake Lively

“A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do. A woman must do what he can’t.” –Rhonda Hansome

“I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” –Malala

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou

“Females are strong as hell.” –The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

“Real queens fix each other’s crowns.” –Unknown

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” –Michelle Obama

“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” –Hannah Gadsby

“Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.” –Gloria Steinem

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“There’s something about a woman with a loud mind that sits in silence, smiling, knowing she can crush you with the truth.” –R.G. Moon

“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.” –Unknown

“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” –G.D. Anderson

“You can always tell who the strong women are. They are the ones you see building one another up instead of tearing each other down.” –Unknown

“She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.” –Rumi

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” –Ayn Rand

“Some women fear the fire. Some women simply become it.” –R.H. Sin

“Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress.” –Kiera Cass

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.” –Madonna

“It’s okay if you fall down and lose your spark. Just make sure that when you get back up, you rise as the whole damn fire.” –Colette Werden

“A woman is like a tea bag: You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.” –Rupi Kaur

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” –Amelia Earhart

“A woman should be like a single flower—not a whole bouquet.” –Anna Held

“I know what I bring to the table… So trust me when I say I’m not afraid to eat alone.” –Unknown

“Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart. Just be you.” –Brene Brown

“Be the woman you needed as a girl.” –Unknown

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back, because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” –Mark Anthony

“She remembered who she was and the game changed.” –Lalah Deliah

“Her soul is fierce, her heart is brave, her mind is strong.” –Unknown

“The strongest action for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.” –Unknown

“She’s everything; even when she’s treated like nothing.” –R.H. Sin

“A strong woman can also be vulnerable. Just because there’s a crack in your armor, don’t doubt your strength for one moment.” –Unknown

“Never bend you head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face.” –Unknown

“I am proud of the woman I am today because I went through one hell of a time to become her.” –Unknown

“She’s a strong cup of black coffee in a world that is drunk on the cheap wine of shallow love.” –Unknown

“Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.”

“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” –Unknown

“I expect woman will be the last thing civilized by man.” –George Meredith

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” –Audrey Hepburn

“Don’t stop until you’re proud.” –Unknown

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” –Oprah Winfrey

“Women are the real architects of society.” –Cher

“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Women are made to be loved, not understood.” –Oscar Wilde

“In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits” –Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Women hold up half the sky.” –Mao Zedong

“How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants rather than to create it herself.” –Anais Nin

“She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos, and you can see it in her eyes.” –Unknown

“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.” –Mary Shelley

“What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don’t have is just love what we do have.” –Cameron Diaz

“Women’s value has been under-recognized for far too long.” –Sidney Sheldon

“After all those years as a woman hearing, ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I am enough.’” –Anna Quindlen

“Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them.” –Michael Hutchence

“You cannot be broken because you are a diamond, tougher than nails and a jewel in the rough.” –Unknown

“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.” –Mary Elizabeth Winstead

“You are a woman; that is your superpower.” –Unknown

“Stop waiting to find the light at the end of the tunnel and be the light for yourself.” –Unknown

“Know what your worth is and then add tax to that amount.” –Unknown

“She promised better things for herself, so she sought out those things and never looked back.” –Unknown

“She is strong, but not in the ways most people think. She loves more than she’ll ever get back and she knows it, yet she loves anyway.” –J.M. Storm

“She was a wild one. Always stomping on eggshells that everyone else tip-toed on.” –Kaitlin Foster

“Yes, she knows pain, but she is strength. Her heart knows no other way.” –A.R. Asher

“The world needs strong women who will lift and build others. Who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce; women of indomitable will.” –Amy Tenney

“She’s a badass with a good heart. Soft but strong. Unapologetic and honest. She’s the type of woman you go to war beside; the type of woman you marry.” –R.H. Sin

“She looked back on her life and realized that everything that happened only made her stronger.” –Unknown

“She wore her scars as her best attire. A stunning dress made of hellfire.” –Daniel Saint

“Never ever mistake her silence for weakness. Remember that sometimes the air stills before the onset of a hurricane.” –Unknown

“She was a true fighter; you could see it in her eyes. She wasn’t born strong, she was made strong. She was sculpted to be her own when the world let her down and she kept picking herself back up.” –Unknown

“Some days, she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day, it still gets done.” –Unknown

“She has been through hell, so believe me when I say, fear her when she looks into fire and smiles.” –E. Corona

“She never seemed shattered to me; she was a breathtaking mosaic of battles she’s won.” –Matt Baker

“When women support each other, incredible things happen.” –Unknown


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