International Women's Day 2023

Background of International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8th to recognize the achievements and struggles of women around the world. The day has its roots in the early 20th century when women's movements began to emerge in Europe and the United States to demand better working conditions, suffrage, and other rights.

One of the most important figures in the history of International Women's Day is Clara Zetkin, a German socialist and feminist who proposed the idea of an annual international women's day at the International Conference of Working Women in 1910. The first International Women's Day was celebrated the following year, with rallies and demonstrations taking place across Europe.

Since then, International Women's Day has grown in prominence and is now recognized by the United Nations as a global observance. Each year, the day is marked with a theme, with the theme for 2023 being "Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World".

One of the key issues that International Women's Day seeks to address is gender inequality, which is still pervasive in many parts of the world. For example, women continue to earn less than men on average, and are underrepresented in many fields, including politics and business.

However, there have also been many inspiring women throughout history who have challenged the status quo and achieved remarkable things. Marie Curie, for example, was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and her work in the field of radioactivity revolutionized science. Rosa Parks is another example of a woman who refused to accept the injustice of the status quo, and her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, helped to spark the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

Today, women continue to make progress towards greater equality and recognition, but there is still much work to be done. International Women's Day provides an important opportunity to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about the challenges they face, and advocate for gender equality around the world.

Classroom Activities and Resources

There are many interesting activities you can do in the classroom to get your students motivated and inspired by this topic!

Here are some resources that are already prepared for you to use in your classroom.

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