March 8th is International Women’s Day. This year the theme, Inspiring Change, calls for challenging the status quo of women’s inequality to inspire women’s advancement everywhere in every way.
The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 in support of the women’s suffrage movement. In 1917, Russian women chose March 8 to protest the deaths of more than 2 million Russian soldiers in World War I. Days later, the czar stepped down and the provisional government granted Russian women the right to vote.
International Women’s Day was adopted by the United Nations in 1975.
Today, Russian women wear red roses. Italians and Albanians use yellow mimosas. In China, women get a free half-day with passes to go to the movies. Uganda has the marathon with the proceeds donated to hospital maternity wards.
Locally, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater there will be a showing of the film “Madame Presidenta: Why Not U.S.,” a film by Heather Arnet, which explores the growth and prosperity occurring globally as more women assume political and economic leadership roles.