International Women's Day
This year is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, held annually on 8 March to
celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. The first International
Women's Day was launched on 19 March 1911 by Clara Zetkin, leader of the 'Women's Office'
for the Social Democratic Party in Germany. That year, more than one million women and men
attended Internation Women's Day rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained,
to hold public office and end discrimination.
cited 3/2/2011 http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
International Women's Day in Australia includes honoring the work of the Suffragettes who
fought hard to achieve basic rights for women. These early Australian feminists lobbied that
women's political and civil rights be equal to those of men and were concerned with the general
emancipation and advancement of women. They were also concerned with their franchise, access
to parliaments as voters and candidates and demanded justice and freedom from a range of
restrictions which were limiting their lives. The campaign for the vote in the nineteenth century later
embraced wider issues such as women's rights as workers, mothers, and women as citizens.
Australian Suffragettes cited 3/2/2011
Suffragettes portrayed in The Worker, published in Brisbane between 1890 and 1974.