International Women’s Day

As International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches, we remember and celebrate how far the Women’s Movement has come! Here are some quick facts you might not have known about IWD.

  • 1908 –15,000 women marched through New York City advocating for voting rights, equal pay and less working hours.
  • 1909 — National Woman’s Day was observed for the first time in the U.S.
  • 1910 — A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries gathered to form IWD.
  • 1975 – IWD was officially recognized by the United Nations, but had been celebrated since 1913
  • 2011 — former U.S. President Barack Obama recognized March to be ‘Women’s History Month’

For more information about the history and importance of International Women’s Day visit


Honoring Women:

To see how women are being honored for IWD around the world, please visit


Action step: #PressforProgress


Each year people around the world recognize IWD in various ways. If you’re not sure how you can participate, the official International Women’s Day Website provides an annual campaign theme. This year’s campaign theme is #PressforProgress

Use the hashtag in your social media posts and pledge to take action for gender parity in 2018 by visiting

Keep a look out for CPAF’s upcoming posts honoring inspiring women on our Facebook and Instagram!

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