International Women's Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s. Originally held on the last Sunday of February, International Women's Day was moved to March 8th in 1913. International Women's Day has close ties to the labor rights movement of the early 20th century in countries across the globe, most notably in Russia and the United States.
The United Nations officially recognized International Women's Day in 1975. The UN has declared this year's theme to be "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women." This year, for the first time the UN is releasing a song to celebrate this event. The song is titled "One Woman", and was the result of a year of work by 20 different artists from around the world.
This entry is part of MPL's National Women's History Month.