While each country or entity celebrating the Day can select its own theme each year, the United Nations has named the theme of the Day for 2010, “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.”
International Women’s Day has been celebrated for almost 100 years. The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911 at the initiative of Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany.
Clara Zetkin introduced the idea of setting aside a day to recognize women at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910.
The more than 100 attendees at the conference, representing unions, socialist parties and working women’s clubs from 17 countries, as well as the Finnish parliament, unanimously supported Zetkin’s proposal.
Hundreds of events occur around the world to recognize the Day; there are 732 events currently scheduled. Of these, 124 are planned in cities and towns around the United States, such as a women’s tea in Denver, a film screening in Cape Cod and a solidarity march in Dayton, to name a few.