Department of Regional Development and Women's Policy
International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is observed around the world each year on 8 March by people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. It grew out of women’s struggle for better working conditions and the right to vote into a movement that sought equality and justice for all women. More recently it has become a time to celebrate change, to reflect on the progress of women’s human rights and equality.
The first acknowledged International Women’s Day was held in March 1911, after 17 countries and over 100 women at the Second International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen unanimously decided, in 1910, to honour the women’s rights movement. Other countries followed in a similar fashion, by arranging events in February or March.
The Women’s Movement
The Women's Movement is a diverse social movement, seeking equal rights and opportunities for women in their economic activities, their personal lives, and politics. This movement was made up of women from all over the world who sought to transform society and formed their own organisations to do so. They campaigned upon a whole range of issues; from guardianship of infants, property rights, divorce, access to higher education and the medical professions, to equal pay and protective legislation for women workers - many of which women are still campaigning for today!
Tribute to Territory Women
The Tribute to Northern Territory Women recognised, celebrated and commemorated the achievements of women who made a significant contribution for women in their community.
Options to celebrate the achievement of women in the future are currently being considered.
Influential Australian Women
Australia has had a number of influential women that have served as an inspiration to others.
Winning artwork for the 2011 International Women's Day Art Award, by Bulmirri and Dhapanbal Yunupingu 'Looking towards the Future Strong Women Celebrating Century of International Womens Day'.