International Women's Day has been celebrated for over 100 years and is held on March 8th each year.  It is a day to celebrate women's achievements whilst calling for equality.

The earliest Woman's Day was held in New York on February 28th 1909, when 15,000 women marched through the city demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours.  Inspired by this, an International Woman's Day was setup to promoted equal rights for women and women's suffrage.

The day is now marked around the world with talks, rallies, events and marches with United Nations creating a theme each year for the celebration.  This year's theme is #pressforprogress to enourage people to press for equality.

In many countries it is an official holiday and others it is treated in a similar way to Mother's Day with men presenting their wives, girlfriends, mothers and female friends with flowers.

It is particularly poignant this year as 2018 marks 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK (if they were over 30 and owned a house!).

To find out more visit the IWD website or event create an event of your own!

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