Happy International Women’s Day!


In 1909, the Socialist Party of America marked the anniversary of a garment workers’ strike by declaring February 28 National Women’s Day. A few years later, on the other side of the globe, a Women’s Day demonstration for bread and peace set off the Russian Revolution.

The date has since moved to March 8, but International Women’s Day, now celebrated by countries all over the world, remains a powerful symbol of women’s ongoing struggle for socioeconomic justice and human rights.

Read more about the day’s history and how you can participate in it at the United Nations’ page about it and the International Women’s Day website.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →