By: Jill Clapp

International Women’s day has been observed since the early 1900’s and recognizes all that women have accomplished throughout history. It is also a time that is used to bring attention to the continuous battle that many believe is necessary to fight for equality between genders. In 1908, women started to raise their voices, and even protest, about the inequality they were facing. A year later, International Women’s Day began to be observed in the United States. In 1911, other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Austria also began to celebrate International Women’s day on March 19th. The rallies and protests occurring during this time brought much attention to the working conditions for women in the United States. Later in 1913, International Women’s day was transferred to March 8 and has been kept this way since then. In March of 2011, President Obama indicated March to be ¨Women’s History Month.¨ Today, there is a compelling change in the way women are viewed in society and what they have achieved over the past 100-plus years.

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