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CultureGrams: International Women’s Day (March 8)

Women in Kenya (photo via the CultureGrams Photo Gallery)

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 (this Wednesday) around the world. Learn how it’s observed in various countries from CultureGrams:

  • Burkina Faso: On International Women’s Day, official celebrations are held in cities. Many Burkinabè, especially women, dress up in a fabric designed each year for the event. People also celebrate by going to bars to drink, eat, and dance.
  • Kyrgyzstan: On International Women’s Day, men give gifts to the women in their lives, including grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, classmates, co-workers, and wives or girlfriends.
  • Mauritania: International Women’s Day is celebrated in each regional capital with a fair at which women’s cooperatives from the surrounding area display and sell their goods. A ceremony is held and includes speeches by government leaders. Many development organizations present awareness campaigns.
  • Ukraine: On International Women’s Day, everyone gets the day off work. Women receive flowers and gifts, as well as household help from their husbands. Special attention is paid to mothers, and girls are congratulated as future women.
  • Madagascar: International Women’s Day is celebrated across Madagascar, even in small villages. The day’s events typically include a gathering at the mayor’s office, where women’s groups perform traditional dances for the town’s officials in return for a small monetary gift. Women in the northeastern part of the island commonly wear matching blouses and lamba (long cotton wraps). They often make noise using whistles and condensed-milk cans fashioned into rattles.

Women in Voloina, Madagascar, celebrate International Women’s Day (photo via the CultureGrams Photo Gallery)

Learn more about holidays around the world from the Holidays section of World and Kids edition CultureGrams reports!

March Is Women’s History Month

Rosie the RiveterRosie the Riveter proudly proclaimed, “Yes, we can do it!”  Women in the United States have contributed much to our country and to the world.  March is the annual celebration of the lives and achievements of women in the United States.  In 1857 when women in New York City protested working conditions, thus began observances of Women’s History Month.  Observances became official in 1981 when Congress authorized National Women’s History Week.  The week became a month in 1987.  It coincides with International Women’s Day which is recognized on March 8 each year.

 Women have been instrumental in government and politics, education, the arts, science and public service since the beginnings of the country.  From Deborah Sampson who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the Revolutionary War to Sally Ride who became the first woman in space, American women have proved themselves admirably through the years. 

To learn more about many fascinating American women, go to eLibrary.  eLibrary has an abundance of information for research.  Not only are there publications dedicated to women and women’s history and issues, but there are also Research Topics–from historic and contemporary figures and issues like the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act–which provide jumping-off points to learning more about women in America (and around the world).  Search reference books like American Women’s History: A Student Companion and Her Heritage: A Biographical Encyclopedia of Famous American Women for encyclopedic information.  Scholarly journals such as the Journal of Women’s History serve a higher academic level.  No matter what you are looking for, eLibrary offers it and more.

SKS Spotlight: Women’s History Month

Ever wonder how Women’s History Month came to be? Its origins can be traced back to the first National Women’s Day, celebrated in the United States in 1909. Two years later, an International Women’s Day was observed in several European countries, and in 1949, China celebrated its first Women’s Day. The United Nations first recognized International Women’s Day in 1977 by proclaiming March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. The following year, America celebrated its first Women’s History Week. Finally, in 1987, the U.S. Congress expanded the observation to the month of March. Since then, each March has been designated Women’s History Month.


A WAC armorer repairs a 1903 Springfield rifle, Camp Campbell, Kentucky, 1944.
by National Archives, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

This month’s SKS Spotlight of the Month reflects on Title IX, women in the military, women’s education, and milestones in women’s history. Women, from Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are featured. Learn about the Women’s Army Corps of World War II and test your knowledge on Sally Ride, the nation’s first female astronaut in space. Join SKS in honoring women in the United States and around the world.