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Happy International Women’s Day

Learn more about this worldwide holiday and how people are celebrating!

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8. Originally it was called International Working Women’s Day and started as a socialist political event. The earliest observance recorded was February 28, 1909 in New York. In 1977 the United Nations decided International Women’s Day would be March 8 and would stand for women’s rights and world peace.

Since 1996, each year has had a theme. In 2016, the theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”, organizing events around #APledgeForParity hashtag. According to the International Women’s Day website, the World Economic Forum predicted in 2015 the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. Learn more about this year’s theme and campaign by visiting http://www.internationalwomensday.com/. You can also visit http://www.un.org/en/events/womensday/

Many people are celebrating this day in different ways.

Click-How The World Celebrated International Women’s Day -TIME

Click-Celebrating International WOmen’s Day around the world -The Washington Post

And yes, Google even shared a Doodle

CNN even shared this video showing how women in the U.S. compare to other women around the world when it comes to paid maternity leave. In addition, it shares the differences of how women are paid in the U.S. versus males.

Is the United States falling behind in women’s rights?Happy International Women’s Day. Where do American women stack up against their counterparts around the world? While they’re ahead in many regards, the U.S. falls short when it comes things like paid maternity leave and wage equality. http://cnn.it/1RPSO3C

Posted by CNN on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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