Today marks International Women's Day across the world.
On March 8 every year, International Women's Day celebrates women and their achievements. Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality, but there is still a long battle to fight. This year, the theme for Women's Day is 'Be Bold For Change.'
Here are 6 things to keep in mind on this International Women's Day.
1. The day was originally called International Working Women’s Day. It was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union when 15,000 workers, including many immigrants, marched through the city's lower east side to demand social and political rights.
2. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. The day was chosen because it was a Sunday, which the majority of women would have off work allowing them to participate in marches and other events.
3. IWD is also an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam.
4. UN Reports show that, despite women working longer hours than men when both paid and unpaid work is taken into consideration, women still earn an average of 24 percent less than men do worldwide.
5. Despite the UN's Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women back in 1993, currently, 1 in 3 women worldwide suffer from physical or sexual violence.
6. Despite the fact that women outpace men in both secondary and higher education, unemployment rates disproportionately affect women worldwide. As of 2013, the global female employment-to-population ratio was only 47.1 percent. Conversely, for men, that percentage was 72.2.