6 International Women's Day Facts, Including the Hashtags You Should Use

International Women’s Day 2023 is on March 8. To celebrate, here are the Women’s Day facts you need to know.

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Happy International Women's Day (IWD)! Whether you celebrate by supporting women-owned businesses or give your friends International Women's Day flowers, it's a great day to celebrate.

But do you actually know what International Women's Day is and the history behind it? Keep reading for everything you need to know about International Women's Day 2023, including this year's theme and hashtags.

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When is International Women's Day?

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International Women's Day takes place on March 8 every year to celebrate women's rights and inspire people to act in the ongoing fight for gender equality. In 2023, March 8 falls on a Wednesday.

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What is International Women's Day?

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International Women's Day is a United Nations-sanctioned global holiday. It celebrates women's contributions to society, raises awareness about the fight for gender parity, and inspires support for organizations that help women globally.

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What is the International Women's Day history?

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According to the United Nations, International Women's Day started in America in 1909, when the Socialist Party of America took to the streets to honor garment workers who had protested against inhumane working conditions the year before. They called it National Women's Day, and it took place on February 28. The following year, the Social International established Women's Day in Copenhagen to celebrate those working for women's rights and universal suffrage.

In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women's Day on March 19. More than one million people attended rallies focused on suffrage, representation, education, and workers' rights.

Over the next few years, more countries in Europe marked the holiday on March 8. It wasn't until March 8, 1975, when, during International Women's Year, the United Nations celebrated it as an official holiday. Since 1975, the holiday has gained awareness around the globe as a way to recognize women.

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What is the International Women's Day logo?

The International Women's Day logo is a looping, arrowed circle with the female (or Venus) gender symbol at the inset. Groups and organizations that would like to use the logo, and align with what International Women's Day wants to represent, can get more information on the terms of use and how to register the necessary IWD account on the International Women's Day site.

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What is the International Women's Day theme for 2023?

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The International Women's Day theme for 2023 has yet to be announced. The theme in 2022 was #BreaktheBias, which highlighted the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world. Other recent themes include:

  • 2021: #ChoosetoChallenge
  • 2020: #EachforEqual
  • 2019: #BalanceforBetter
  • 2018: #PressforProgress,
  • 2017: #BeBoldforChange
  • 2016: #PledgeforParity

The UN also issued a 2022 theme: "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow." The UN's 2022 theme celebrated girls and women who are leading the charge toward a more sustainable future, and climate change response efforts.

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What are the International Women's Day 2023 hashtags?

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For starters, you can use #WomensDay on Twitter; the same Women's Day hashtag on Instagram has generated more than 4.8 million posts.

This past year's hashtags also included the straightforward #IWD2022, #InternationalWomensDay, and #SeeHer.

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  1. International Women's Day. United Nations. Accessed Jan 8, 2023.

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