15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908 demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. 100 years on, the pertinence of this event is honored through IWD’s 2008 global theme ‘Shaping Progress’.
In just three years time, 2011 will see IWD’s Centenary – 100 years of women’s united action for global equality and change. Organizations around the world have already commenced planning for their IWD Centenary celebrations.
The first International Women’s Day was launched on 8 March 1911 in Copenhagen by Clara Zetkin, Leader of the’Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.
Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.[source: http://www.internationalwomensday.com]