International Women's Day


Do you know the history of 8 March World Women’s Day, which was begun to be celebrated under the name of “International Women’s Day” in Turkey in 1921 for the first time, and which is defined as "International Women's Day" or "International Working Women's Day" by the United Nations?

40,000 female weaving workers, who upheld that the United States should improve working conditions in New York City and reorganize working hours on humanitarian conditions, went on strike at the textile factory on March 8, 1857.

The police then intervened the strike and locked the workers into the factory and set up barricades at the factory to prevent the events from spreading.

120 workers who were unable to escape due to barricades were killed by the fire which started after the workers were locked at the factory.

Within the framework of the International Conference on Socialist Women, held in the 2nd International, which was convened in 1910 after years of disaster, Clara Zetkin's proposal, calling for the proclamation of 8 March as International Women's Day by recalling the deceased weaving workers, was accepted unanimously.

Celebrating Women's Day, which was banned by some countries due to the reservation of socialist dissemination until the 1960’s, began to spread in the Western Bloc countries after it was mentioned in some events in the United States in the '60s, and eventually it was accepted as "World Women's Day" on 16 December 1977 by the United Nations General Assembly.





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