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International Women's Day

Category: Blogger's Corner, Women, International Women's day, equality

International Women's Day

This day first came about during the early 1900's, at the time of expansion and disruption in the industrialised world. Women were beginning to stand up for equality and so therefore being more vocal. What they were asking for were shorter hours,better pay and the right to vote.

Following a decision agreed in Copenhagen it was agreed that Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland would celebrate International Women's Day.

International Women's Day is now celebrated all over the world having originated in America. It was first on celebrated on 28 February 1908 then it changed to March 8th. In the following years other countries also joined in the celebrations.

International Women's Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

In 1914 women began to hold rallies campaigning against the war expressing their solidarity.

Emmiline and Christine Pankhurst were pioneers in bringing about the suffragette movement and symbolised the struggle women had at the beginning of the century.


There have been several pioneering women who have encouraged other women to gain recognition in areas of employment that were at one time not accessible to women as their place was seen to be at home bringing up the family and looking after the home.

Marie Curie invented radium which in time was and still is helping people to fight cancer.

Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in nursing in the Crimean War. She worked on the front line  where nurses today are doing the same, providing much needed compassion and comfort to the injured.

Amy Johnson in 1930 was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. She made many solo trips to other countries. Amy was also the president of the Women's Engineering Society between 1935 to 1937.

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to cross the Atlantic, solo, in 1932.


Today there are many women pilots, who are captains.

Valentina Tereshka was the first woman in space in 1963 and she would, at the age of 76, like to be one of the first astronauts to go to Mars, even if she were never to return to earth.


Margaret Thatcher, the first woman in Britain to become Prime Minister, and was the longest serving MP. During that time there was war in the Falklands against Argentina and due to Baroness Thatcher's intervention Great Britain regained sovereignty of the Islands.


England has over the years grown into a multicultural country and has accepted the diversity as it has brought many different aspects with it.

Muslim women have a low status with regards to the man.Britain is a tolerant nation when it comes to ethnic minorities, and are giving them equality when opportunities arise to high profile jobs.

The BBC have introduced a report that states that 50% of women are trustees. There are a number of women on the technical side and that continues to grow.


Moira Stuart became the first Africa Caribbean newsreader in the 1980's. Moira is now reading the news on the Chris Evans morning breakfast show.

This report has also raised the awareness of disabled staff and has modified the BBC Centre accordingly and has enabled people with challenges and from a different ethnic origin to be employed by the BBC.

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson who is a famous paralympian,born with spina bifida,complained she was made to feel stupid as she was in a wheelchair, in 2010 she became a Dame and had a seat in the House of Lords.


It is important that women are recognised in today's society as some feel they are overlooked and undermined. There are achievements that have been made by women and through them other women are able to get into a career that was otherwise dominated by men.

Horizons for women today have been broadened with the opportunity of doing any job and the pay have been brought into line with the men.

International Women's Day is not seen to be high profile and therefore there is the need for it to be publicised more by saying how women have contributed in various ways and possibly with a different approach to the job, therefore adding a new dimension to the task in hand.

With the use of social media it is important that it is used to promote days like these to people who are not aware of such a day, We have the means to do all this, so greater awareness would be made possible, encouraging other women to look forward and feel that they are not being discriminated in the workplace when trying to get a job which had once been done only by men.

A woman today has a greater choice in careers today and also equality has helped them to achieve their aims as discrimination is not acceptable in the workplace. It is with thanks to women last century that this has been made possible. We now have great opportunities in the workplace.

It is important that we are aware of what has made this achievable and what sacrifices other women have made in order for us to enjoy these opportunities.

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