The earliest Women's Day observance, called "National Woman's Day, was held on February 28, 1909, in NY, organized by socialists in the United States of America".
That is because the Soviet satellite state of East Germany included Women's Day in its long list of sanctioned celebrations, which meant big parades in East Berlin - the Communist country's capital. International Women's Day is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year and should be a federal holiday. It wasn't until March 8, 1975 when, during International Women's Year, the United Nations celebrated it as an official holiday.
Hundreds of thousands of people across Spain marked International Women's Day on Friday with a "feminist strike".
Thousands strike in Spain, mark International Women's Day
The March 8 Commission drafted a 29-page document ahead of the strike, describing an ultimate goal of "subverting the world order and the pervading hetero-patriarchal, racist and neoliberal rhetoric", according to El Pais.
Women in the Philippines raised issue with President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged misogyny, as well as his government's war on drugs, which has led to the killing of many women and human rights violations. Organizers reportedly plan to protest against poverty and unpaid labor that often falls upon women.
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