Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021


Graphic created by the official International Women’s Day team.

Lily Ismay, Staff Writer

On March 8, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. While it is globally celebrated, it often goes unrecognized in America. Below are some answers to questions about the significance of this national holiday and how you can celebrate it from the comfort of your home!

What is International Women’s Day? 

International Women’s Day is a globally celebrated day commemorating the social, economic, political, and STEAM-related achievements of women.  


What is the history of International Women’s Day? 

The first official International Women’s Day was celebrated by Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany on March 18, 1911. However, in 1909, the Socialist Party of America declared a National Women’s Day to be celebrated on February 28  


Why did the date move to March 8? 

International Women’s Day was moved to March 8 in 1913 due to the significance of it in the Gregorian calendar and for Russian women. After a four-day women’s strike over fallen Russian soldiers in World War I, Russian women had won the right to vote. 


What is the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day?

The theme for the 2021 campaign is #ChooseToChallenge. 


How can I get involved despite COVID-19’s restrictions? 

The official International Women’s Day website has a column dedicated to virtual events, videos, and more! 

While we are celebrating IWD differently this year, we should all make an effort to show our support for women’s achievements. I hope you learned something and will show your support for International Women’s Day on March 8!

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