Celebrating 10 Female Pioneers on International Women’s Day (INFOGRAPHIC)

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated for more than a century. Today, also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, is the chance for women to be acknowledged by people all around the world, for their achievements and for their determination to make a difference.

It all started with a protest

National Women’s Day has started in the United Stated on February 28th, 1909, when The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where working women protested against the poor working conditions and low wages.

A year later, in August 1910, an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. This conference featured over 100 female representatives from 17 countries, including union leaders and the first three women elected to the Finnish parliamentarians. The National  Women’s Day became International.

The very first International Women’s Day

On March 19th, 1911, the very first International Women’s Day (IWD) was launched in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland by German socialist and later communist leader, Clara Zetkin. Three years later, the date was held on March 8th and it has been the official date worldwide ever since.

The United Nations began celebrating Women’s Day on March 8th, 1975, during the International Women’s Year. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring this day the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It could be observed on any day of the year by Member States, according to their historical and national traditions.

Kickass female pioneers

Therefore, in honor of this day, I found this infographic, created by Momondo, about several female pioneers from 1766 to 2011 whose adventures rewrote what it means to be an explorer. This year IWD theme ~ INSPIRING CHANGE ~ reminds us that we are responsible for our destiny and it is up to us to turn things around.

So today we pay tribute to the female pioneers throughout history, as we say thank you to these women courageous enough to break down the barriers before them. They have traced the path for us, so we could draw from their actions the courage to live our dreams.

Click on infographic to enlarge

Source: My Beautiful Adventures

Photo credit: Boston Public Library/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND



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