Wednesday, March 08, 2006

International Women's Day

Intrigued by the article's reference to "International Women's Day", 8th March in my previous post, I did some investigation. The Wikipedia has much that is interesting to say about it. Apparently, its origins are American and socialist - the first was observed on 28 Feb 1909 in the US after its declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Demonstrations marking the day are said to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is recognized in a large part of the world, particularly the former Soviet bloc.

By contrast, Wikipedia does list an International Men's Day, November 19th. It began in 1999 and is recognized in Trinidad & Tobago, Malta (as Feb 7th), Brazil (as July 15th), Ukraine (Feb 23rd), India (Sept 29) and part of Romania (March 9th). Haleluliah.

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