We celebrate International Women’s Day here at Midnight Velvet.

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International Women's Day

 

The 2015 theme is “Make it Happen” according to the International Women’s Day website. It also comes with the hashtag: #MakeItHappen

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Here were some of our favorite pins on our brand new Celebrate Women board!

Thanks to TimeandDate.com for sharing some history about this special day.

Much progress has been made to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times. However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men, according to the UN. The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.

The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19 in 1911. The inaugural event, which included rallies and organized meetings, was a big success in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women in 1848. The promise gave hope for equality but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8 in 1913.

In this article, CNN has shared 10 International Women’s Day events you’d be crazy to miss.

International Women's Day