The female gender is unique in our society. Women all over the world have one general thing in common which is developing and maintaining their self-esteem. They do not want to ever be taken for granted.
This week as we celebrate women all over the world for their strength, boldness, hard work, and service to humanity, we decided to reveal to you 15 facts you must know about International Women’s Day, reflecting on its importance and history.
International Women’s day was originally known as “National Women’s Day” and it was held on 28th February 1909 in New York City, USA.
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The United Nations officially adopted the celebration of International Women’s Day in 1975.
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The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19 by over a million people.
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In over 34 countries, it has been seen that the education of women and girls resulted in 50% economic growth.
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Every year, the UN announces a specific theme for Women’s Day. The theme for 2023 is ‘Accelerating Equality & Empowerment: How Women’s Leadership & Collective Action Can Make a Difference.’
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The first Computer programmer was a woman known as ‘Ada Lovelace.’ She was the first person to recognize the full potential of a computer.
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In the United States, there are 1.6 million female veterans. They make up 14% of the US military.
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It is interesting to know that heels were introduced to women’s fashion in the 1600s to mimic the men who wore heels as a sign of their masculinity. Soon, men stopped wearing heels, and women have rocked them ever since.
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The windshield wiper was invented in 1903, and disposable diapers, paper bags, non-reflective glass, the foot-pedal trashcan, and the dishwasher were all invented by women.
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Research has proven that women can recognize 25% more colours and shapes than men.
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In 2011, President Obama declared March as Women’s History Month in the United States.
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In the year 1971 on March 8, during World War I, Russian women went on a strike for bread and peace. Further, the provisional government granted the women of Russia the right to vote on the occasion of Women’s Day.
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Ever since 1996, each International Women’s Day has an official theme. The first theme adopted by the UN in 1996 was “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future”.
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The colour theme for women’s day is purple, green, and white, which signifies justice, hope, purity and dignity. Purple is International Women’s Day’s signature colour.
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Globally, nearly one in three women has experienced violence. Empirical research has also proved that more than one in four women have suffered violence at the hands of their partners.
The felicitation of International Women’s day can never be overemphasized. Kudos to all the strong women out there and kudos to the female gender, you are indeed impactful and remain relevant to the world at large.
Frederick Abiola Cudjoe is a blogger, content creator who is in service to Arogi Trauma Care Foundation. He is solution driven and result oriented. He has a strong passion to always make clients have the best customer service experience.