International Women’s Day: March 8

The timing of Women’s History Month traces its roots to International Women’s Day, March 8, marked each year as a day to celebrate globally the achievements of women and promote gender equality and women’s rights.

The first International Women’s Day gathering in 1911 was supported by more than a million people in four European nations.

Today, as the International Women’s Day (IWD) website declares, “IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.”

The UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, planned events for International Women’s Day this year centered on the theme “Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.”

Learn more about the history of the day by visiting the timeline on the International Women’s Day website.

Read about women members of the CalChamber Board of Directors running some of the state’s top businesses and making history in the process on the CalChamber website.