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International Women’s Day

Today is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
“In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States on February 28, 1909.. International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to March 8 and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen’s Day ever since.”

To read more about the history of IWD you can go to http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp

You can read about the 131 International Women’s Day events that have taken place over the past week or that are taking place today by going to

Earlier this week on March 5, the United Nations Association-Canada’s ‘Champions Amongst Us’ reception “celebrated the vision, commitment and remarkable achievements of several outstanding Canadian women from the Ottawa region,” including Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow.

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Happy International Women’s Day everyone!