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International Women's Day 2018: History, strikes and celebrations
March 8th was International Women’s Day. Millions of women around the world rallied, some even went on strike, against gender inequality and pay gap, and sexual discrimination. (Photos)
It was originally a movement to improve labor conditions in New York in 1908. The move became international and was first celebrated in 1911. A milestone event took place in war-torn Russia in 1917 when women demanded bread and peace and went on strike. They successfully removed the tsar and earned the right to vote. The day in the Gregorian calendar was then set as International Women’s Day.
International Women’s day is celebrated around the world but quite differently. For example, women are given a half-day off, flowers, or honor by the president. This year, millions of women in Spain joined an unprecedented strike targeting gender inequality and sexual discrimination, shouting "if we stop, the world stops".
Though the day has been celebrated 107th times and is recognized by the United Nations, the world still hasn’t seen a female Secretary General in the UN yet.
Enjoy reading and think how equally women are treated in your country, society, and family.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-42824064