In British Columbia, for example, Vancouver PNLHA members are invited to attend an event sponsored by the Vancouver & District Labour Council’s women’s committee. It will feature comments by Alexa Conradi, Canadian coordinator of the World March of Women, and a performance by JB – The First Lady.
The first IWD occurred in 1911 after Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, tabled the idea at a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 1911, the day was celebrated on March 19, but in 1913 it was changed to March 8. In the early years, the day was a symbol of the fight for women’s right to vote. Now the annual celebration highlights demands for global women’s equality.