International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. A day when we can step back and realize all the accomplishments of women.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (8 MARCH)  1909 In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913. 1910 n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result. 1911 Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's 'Bread and Roses' campaign. 1913-1914 On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen's Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.

Today, more and more woman continue to graduate from top schools and become figureheads in the area’s most reputable companies.  While aggressively climbing the  “corporate ladder”, these women are also moms raising families and running households.  It’s a huge challenge many women face and we are seeing these “super women” start to reach out for assistance.  Who are they reaching out to?  They are reaching out to women like Jamie, an accomplished real estate sales person in Manhattan who was in a field that may have been the first to say “times are tough”.  After experiencing the harsh conditions of the economy, Jamie is now meaningfully filling her time and pocketbook by helping these moms with school aged children  focus on their career by providing the assurance that their children are in great hands.  Even in her own times of struggle, Jamie was able to reach out and lend a helping hand. Women can relate to each other, and know the challenges of balancing family and work.  It is NOT an easy task, and it only shows the true strength women are capable of. So today, LifeWorx would like to say thank you to all the strong women out there who are working and raising a family- we admire your balance and superwoman qualities!

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