This Day in History

March 8, 1975: International Women’s Day

Ibanner_women_laborhistory_250pxhn 1975, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. The first International Women’s Day emerged from from the labor movement in 1909 when the Socialist Party of America designated February 28 to honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against unfair working conditions.

To honor this history and Women’s History Month, we feature profiles of women in the labor movement. View more resources women’s history and labor history.