International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the many achievements women have made over the years in various fields. The day is being appropriately celebrated with a Google Doodle made up of the faces of women from all over the world.
International Women’s Day started out as International Working Women’s Day. The original event was heavily political and focused on what women attributed to the workplace. The day has lost some of its political meaning in some countries, but many others still keep the political overtones of women’s rights strong, including the U.N.
International Women’s Day has been a designated event in the U.N. and the organization sets a theme for each year to bring attention to a women’s rights issue. This year’s theme is “A Promise is a Promise: Time fo Action to End Violence Against Women.” Past themes included “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress For All” and “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger.”
The hundredth anniversary of the day is coming up soon in 2017. In that year, there are plans for reenactments of the original protests in St. Petersburg that started the movement.