Posted by: mulrickillion | March 8, 2012

International Women’s Day 2012 celebrated with a Google Doodle

By Joe Rayment, March 8, 2012 —

3-8-2012 10-31-25 AM

International Women’s Day — which falls on March 8 every year — got a Google Doodle this morning. It’s the fourth time the company has replaced its logo with a Women’s Day-themed drawing since 2005.

International Women’s Day has been around in one form or another for more than 100 years. It’s had a complicated life though; its meaning has shifted from era to era, and even today it means different things in different regions of the world.

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The premise, that women deserve the same rights and opportunities as men, is uncontroversial enough (which isn’t to say it’s that simple or free of debate at home or abroad). It didn’t always seem that way though, and its rise to prominence was anything but non-partisan.

In its early life, the events had a socialist tinge. A National Women’s Day was observed in the U.S. in 1909 after a declaration from the Socialist Party of America. The following year, at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin put forward the idea of an international day to advocate for women’s rights. The motion passed unanimously.

In 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland with rallies demanding voting and working rights for women. More than a million people marched in the demonstrations, according to the United Nations’ account.

International Women’s Day 2012 celebrated with a Google Doodle | News | National Post

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