A Woman is the essential being on this earth. Despite playing the roles of a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a sister her love never lessens. Every year International Women’s Day celebrated to recognize their achievements and honour them all over the globe but do you know when people actually started celebrating and which country got the green flag for the day?
Read on to know some lesser known facts about International Women’s Day as we celebrate the spirit of womanhood:
- 1913, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Since then it is celebrated on 8th March.
- The First National Women’s Day was marked on 28 February 1909 in the United States after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
- Women provide 66% of the work, produce 50% of the food, but earn only 10% of the income and own less than 2% of the property.
- The Tale of Genji was written in Japan around AD 1000 by Murasaki Shikibu was generally considered to be the world’s first novel, was written by a woman.
- Women’s Day in South Africa celebrated on 9 August each year and it is a public holiday.
- The first Women’s Day celebrated on 9th August 1994.
- International Women’s Day is also an official holiday in 27 countries including Afghanistan, Belarus, Cambodia, Cuba, Russia, and Uganda.
- Women own on an average more than 21 pairs of shoes.
- The United States now designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.
- The United Nations has assigned a theme to every annual International Women’s since 1996.
- International Women’s Day theme for the year 2016 is ‘PledgeForParity’.
We think every day is Women’s day but still, let’s enjoy this special day for women.