International Women’s Day Event

By Neil Wilson

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International Women’s Day

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There is possibly no drink that is more synonymous with a time of celebration than champagne and that beverage is regarded as perhaps the only form of alcohol that can be acceptably consumed with a celebratory breakfast so, as a way of joining in the world celebrations that mark a very special day, the Solander Lake Bowls Club will be the venue for a champagne breakfast at 8.30 am on March 7th.

The event at the bowls club is actually to celebrate International Women’s Day which is officially recognised as being March 8th. Ladies President Fay Hubbard told me that this will be the third year that the club has held the event. ‘It is an enjoyable morning where ladies can get dressed up and have a bit of fun,’ said Fay. ‘There will be a lucky door prize as well as a few raffles and we have a guest speaker coming along,’ she added.

Fay also explained that tickets for the breakfast are available at the club bar and, as this has been such a popular event in the past, it is advisable to get in early. Although it was not until 1977 that the United Nations General Assembly invited members to proclaim March 8th as the UN Day for Women, International Women’s Day has its origins over sixty years earlier. History shows that the earliest record of the observance of a Day for Women took place on February 28th in 1909 when the Socialist Party of America organised an event in New York at the suggestion of a member by the name of Theresa Malkiel.

In August of the following year, an International Women’s Conference was organised to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen and this was partly inspired by the American Socialists. German Socialist Luise Zietz’s proposal to establish an annual International Women’s Day was favourably received and on March 8th in 1911, the day was marked for the first time by more than one million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.

Women celebrating International Women’s Day in Cameroon

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The demonstration in Petrograd that signaled the start of the Russian Revolution

Russian women observed the day for the first time in 1913 and the 1914 observance of the day in Germany was dedicated to the right of women to cast a vote. (They were not granted that right until 1918.)

Also in 1914, there was a march from London’s Bow Street to Trafalgar Square in support of women’s suffrage and whilst on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square, well-known suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross Station. In 1017, on March 8th textile workers in the Russian Empire capital Petrograd began a demonstration that covered the whole of the city and was to signal the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Following the revolution, the day was declared as an official holiday but actually remained a working day until 1965 when, by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, it was declared as a non-working day in the USSR.

As the years went by, International Women’s Day was celebrated by more and more of the world’s women and, on March 8th in 2011, events took place in more than one hundred countries across the globe. Then United States President, Barack Obama, proclaimed March of 2011 as “Women’s History Month” and called on Americans to reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women in shaping the country’s history.

Australia marked the anniversary by issuing a commemorative twenty cent piece. The United Nations has always had a theme for the day each tear such as “Empowering Rural Women” in 2012, “Equality for Women” in 2014 and “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” so in this tradition, the theme for 2018 is “Leave No Woman Behind” and is based around promoting the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women throughout the world.

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