International Women's Day: How it started

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International Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. 

International Women's Day first emerged from labor movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe, according to the United Nations.

More: International Women's Day | United Nations | UN Women

The first "women's day" was observed in the United States on Feb. 28, 1909, in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #PressforProgress. The movement calls to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

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