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The Surprisingly Radical Origins of International Women's Day

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Women protests led to Women's Day

In New York, February 1908, thousands of women who were garment workers went on strike. They marched through the city to protest against their working conditions, which included less organized workplaces (than the men), lower echelons, lower wages, and sexual harassment.

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Women's Day took on a truly revolutionary form in Russia in 1917. Russia was facing unrest for other reasons (war and widespread food shortages).

The International Women's Day demonstration was held on Feb 23, 1917 - the equivalent of Mar 8 in the Russian calendar

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Russian women demanded the right to vote - and gained it in 1917 as a direct consequence of the March protests. Russia was the first major power to enact suffrage legislation for women. The U.K. and U.S. looked to Russia as an example.

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International Women's Day is marked with celebration as well as with protest, but the day's legacy remains a struggle for women's rights.

  • In Russia, recently there was an amendment signed to a law that decriminalise some forms of domestic violence.
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