March 8 is the International Women's Day, on which there are celebrated the achievements of women in political, economic and social fields, there are celebrated the past, present and future of women in the world. The holiday is celebrated by the United Nations Organization, and in some countries - Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine - this day is a national holiday.
In Ukraine March 8 is an official holiday. On this day, men present flowers and gifts to their women: wives, mothers, sisters and daughters.
The history of International Women's Day begins in 1910 when in Copenhagen there was held the 2nd International Conference of Working Women. The leader of the women's group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of International Women's Day. She suggested that the Women's Day would be celebrated each year in each country in the same day. The purpose of this holiday Zetkin called the struggle of women for their rights.
It is interesting that the idea of International Women's Day first arose in the beginning of 20th century, when the industrialized world experienced a period of expansion and turbulence, the demographic boom and the emergence of radical ideologies. Though it is believed that the first ever "march of empty pots" of textile workers of New York, held March 8, 1857, became one of the prerequisites for the celebration of International Women's Day.
On this day, women from all continents, often divided by national borders or ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, can come together and remember the tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for the equality, justice, peace and development.