On March 6, 2012, the Office of International Education will host an International Women’s Day event to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women with other countries around the world. This year's theme is “Representations of Women in the Media: Myth vs. Reality.”
A panel of IUP faculty, including John Branscum, Sedef Smith, and Gloria Park from the English Department and Michele Papakie from the Journalism Department will speak on the theme. There will be student poster presentations as well. The event will be held in the HUB Monongahela Room at 2:00 p.m. and is open to all.
The beginning of the 20th century was a dynamic period of time with regard to social change and the women’s rights movement. During the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day was established and then honored for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. On this day, over a million men and women attended rallies to campaign for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office, and end discrimination.
Just before World War I, campaigns for peace covered the streets of Russia. In this context, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day. Not long after, the official date was set as March 8, and this has remained the global date. Since then, International Women’s Day has become an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.