Kw-logo-smaller

International Women's Day

Mar 02, 2015

International Women's Day has been around since the 1900s. For several years, beginning in 1909, the day was celebrated on the last Sunday in February. This later changed to March 8th, which is the same date that women were given the right to vote in Russia.This is a time for us to look at ways of improving the global concerns of women, as well as looking back and remembering decades of women struggling for equality, justice, peace and change. Here are just a few women who have aided that cause:

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906) - Women's Rights Advocate

Besides being a women's rights advocate, Susan was also very fashion-forward. She cut her hair short and wore bloomers (short, wide pants) in a time when that was unheard of for women. Some of Susan's causes were the right for equal pay, the right to vote. She was also the first woman on US currency - a one dollar coin.

Susan B. Anthony fought for the right to vote and equal pay for womenSusan B. Anthony fought for the right to vote and equal pay for womenCourtesy of history.com
 

Harriet Tubman (1820 - 1913) - Women's Rights Advocate

Harriet was raised as a slave until she ran away as a teenager and gained freedom. Harriet was nicknamed the "Moses of her people" because she led so many slaves to freedom. She made a total of 19 trips on the Underground Railroad (a secret network that helped slaves escape to places where slavery was illegal) and freed more than 300 slaves.

Esther Peterson (1906-1997) - Women's Rights Advocate

Esther advocated truth in advertising, standardization in packaging, pricing and proper labeling of nutritional values. Food wasn't her only thing. She was an active leader in women's and men's labor, educating workers on thier rights. Esther also led the campaign for equal pay for equal work in the 1950s so that women were guaranteed to be paid the same wage as men doing the same job. In 1981, Esther was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Gloria Steinem (1934 - present) - Women's Rights Advocate

Gloria Steinem is considered a leading activist in the modern women's rights movement. She started Ms. Magazine, the first national women's magazine run by women. Her activism has inspired women of all ages to take risks, as well as fight for their rights.

Have Your Say

What women influence you? Will you be celebrating International Women's Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

45 Comments

latest videos

O_keefe-poll

How Will You Make a Difference?

  • I'm going to discover the cure for the cold.
  • I'm going to become the next President/Prime Minister.
  • I'm going to dedicate my time to helping the poor and needy.
  • I'm going to dazzle the world with my art.

related stories

Micro_a mic
Now that women's wrestling is an event at the Olympics, more girls are starting to get into the s...
Micro_a micro
riki asks: "OK, all the boys think that they are better at all sports than girls because they are...
Micro_h micro
Girls all over the world are asked what is the most attractive feature about boys. Some say looks...
The Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is the favorite to win the Gold Medal at the 2010 Olympics in Va...
Micro_march-holidays-micro
You know that St. Patrick's day is just around the corner, but do you know about all the other ho...

Random in the forums

TacosandChocolate
SKITTLES RULE THE EARTH! 
reply 13 minutes
Heyyyyy_
Heyyyyy_ posted in New Users:
"TacosandChocolate" wrote:Hey, I'm new here. Pleased to meet you. So a bit about myself. I am random *throws cake at random person* I am crazy and funny and as my username says I love tacos and chocolate. Sky Blue is my made up name for role playing or Valentina Dayblossom. Sky is a goody goody and Valentina is a troublemaker and they are sisters. Once again pleased to meet you, good night. *throws skittles in air like confetti* Welcome to KW!  i am very random too and i love tht u threw some skittles in the air *grabs a yellow skittle* i was very hungry :) and btw, i LIVE for chocolate!!! 
reply 15 minutes
TacosandChocolate
Hey, I'm new here. Pleased to meet you. So a bit about myself. I am random *throws cake at random person* I am crazy and funny and as my username says I love tacos and chocolate. Sky Blue is my made up name for role playing or Valentina Dayblossom. Sky is a goody goody and Valentina is a troublemaker and they are sisters. Once again pleased to meet you, good night. *throws skittles in air like confetti*
reply 22 minutes
brunostar
brunostar posted in General:
I just realized the typo in the title
reply 31 minutes
Whitepaws101
Whitepaws101 posted in General:
Wow... Boy have I grown. To anybody reading this, whether you a be a past friend or current user, I really hope you're well. I've changed a lot since I've been here. Since I've left. I want you guys, my old friends (should you be reading this), to know a few things. No, I probably won't be back. Not for a very very long time. Yes, I miss you all. So very much. As said, I truely hope you're all still well and happy. And I want you to know I'm happy too. After I left this site, I really found myself, as cheesy as it may sound. But I'm happier now. Not completely happy, but I'm happier. And now, something that everyone could hear. Something that everyone should hear. I hope you all have a great life, for life is a gift we are given so very little of. Use it as you will, but be wise with it. Let nobody else deprive you because of the color of your skin, the thoughts on your mind, or the love in your heart. You're all so very beautiful and smart, in you're own grand way. You deserve this gift you've been given. Each and everyone of you. If you ever think that no one seems to care, always remember that even if you don't know me and I don't know you, I care. I care so very very much. I'll see you another time KW. My stay has been the most grand. Thank you all so much.
reply about 1 hour

play online games