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International Women’s Day: When & Where to Celebrate

Over the course of the last month or so, we’ve laid out Why, How, and Who should celebrate International Women’s Day: a global celebration of women’s achievements and a continued call for gender parity.

Clearly stated in its name, International Women’s day is celebrated all around the world. The first International Women’s Day took place in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. Over one million men and women attended this event, and in Austria-Hungary alone, more than 300 demonstrations took place to fight gender discrimination and secure women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office.

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Now, over a century later, IWD is celebrated in over 100 countries and has become an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

In 1913, International Women's Day was transferred to March 8, and since then, this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day.


This exciting day is right around the corner. Now, more than ever, there is a strong need to press forward and progress gender parity. In honor of this year’s theme, Gild Collective has created a Press For Progress workshop. We would love to help you celebrate the women in your organization.

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We also encourage you to continue celebrating during the entire the month of March and beyond. On March 1, Gild hosted a Press for Progress webinar (watch it here), where we dug into report findings and discussed action items that will continue the fight for gender equality.