Friday, 8 March 2019


Associated with socialist movements until championed by the United Nations in 1975 and this year (the UN sanctioned theme being “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”) Woman’s Day is still mostly observed as a holiday in Communist or former-Communist countries—albeit a big swath of the planet—and has historically been mostly ignored in the West.
Though some source the day back to a likely apocryphal protest (possibly suggested out of a desire to connect its origin with America, like with the First of May) on the part of garment workers in New York City, significant protests that marked the beginning of the February Revolution (on the Julian Calendar) of 1917 in Saint Petersburg with women textile workers staging a strike for “bread and peace” cemented the date. Coinciding with the centenary of the first general election in the country in which women could vote and stand for office, the federal state (Land) of Berlin has declared the day an official holiday for the city, German states setting their public holidays independently, with a “Frauenkampftag.”