Today is International Women’s Day. Each year on the 8th March since the early 1900s people around the world have joined together on this date to celebrate and appreciate women; their strength; their achievements and their history in the world.Looking at events on this day in a timeline form running from the 1900s to the present, it is clear to see that this day has a worldwide reach and many exciting events have happened on it over the years. According to the International Women’s Day website, in 1910 “A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.” Then “In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March”. Since that day, every year the 8th March has been marked with conferences, rallies and strikes as well as many other events in countries around the world.

The day is actually even a public holiday in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and other countries!

Languages also play an important role for International Women’s Day. Little do we realise sometimes just how important it is for women around the world to learn different languages. Knowing a foreign tongue can open up doors to new and exciting opportunities and this can be particularly important for women from poorer countries who wish to expand their horizons and travel in search of opportunities.

Here are some different expressions for the day in various languages:

Spanish: Dia De La Mujer
German: Weltfrauentag
Italian: Festa della donna
Portuguese: Dia da mulher
Greek: Παγκόσμια ημέρα της γυναίκας (pagosmia imera tis ɣinekas)
French: Journée internationale de la femme