Every year we celebrate March 8 as International Women’s Day and surely you have wondered Why was that day chosen?, in addition to why the color that represents it.
Start with one of the first demonstrations in New York on March 8, 1857, where many women workers in the textile area took to the streets to protest the working conditions they suffered. This and subsequent demonstrations that occurred then, served to determine March 8 as an international women’s day.
But the event that defined the date to commemorate International Women’s Day was that of March 25, 1911, with the Triangle Shirtwaist shirt factory on fire. Where 146 people died in total. The majority were young immigrant women.
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Outstanding women such as Corinne Brown and Gertrude Breslau-Hunt celebrated Women’s Day since February 28, 1909.
With the attendance of more than 100 women from different countries to the International Conference of Socialist Women in 1910, it was decided to proclaim the International Day of Working Women. Here was not set a specific date but the month, which would be March.
Following the conference that took place in 1910, in 1911, women’s day was held for the first time in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland . He also took advantage of demonstrations to request the right to vote, work, to have a professional training, among other things.
The celebration of Women’s Day was extended to other countries such as Russia after the Communist Revolution of 1917, China since 1922 and in Spain was celebrated for the first time in 1936.
WHY IS THE VIOLET COLOR LIKE SYMBOL?
There are several theories that speak of why this color is what represents the movements of women’s day and international women’s day.
Among some of these theories we find those that are related to the fire that happened on March 25, 1911 and some point out that the smoke that came out was violet, another theory is the combination of blue and pink, which represent the equality between men and women.
There are many things that can be said regarding the celebration of Women’s Day and International Women’s Day. The most important thing is not to forget what has been achieved and how much remains to be done.