IWD 2015 celebrates women’s fight for equality

Women picketsThe labor movement in the United and Canada is gearing up for the annual celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.

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.

Sources: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/first.asp#.VON7XbDF9O8;

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/iwd/history.html