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International Women’s Rights Day is held annually on March 8. This day highlights the struggle for women’s rights and the inequalities they suffer from compared to men. In France, women’s rights day set up on March 8, 1982.

A little chronology…

The International Women’s Rights Day finds its origin in the workers’ struggles and by the fight of suffragettes at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1910, at an international conference of socialist women, “International Women’s Day” was mentioned for the first time by Clara Zetkin.

In March 1917, a workers’ strike broke out in St. Petersburg, and as a result, demonstrations against women were repeated worldwide on March 8th.

However, it is only in 1977 that the UNO formalized March 8th as International Women’s Rights Day. In France, this date was adopted in 1982.

This day makes it possible to take stock of the situation of women: it gives rise to celebrations to commemorate victories and achievements, but it is also the occasion to make heard claims which still today are not accepted by societies. The International Women’s Rights Day remains a conflictual topic.

The women who left their mark in France

Many women are constantly fighting to reduce inequality between men and women. Our Parisian heritage has prompted us to make an accurate point on the women who have marked France. Here are a few examples:

Hubertine Auclert (1948-1914): French suffragettes, she joined the movement to defend the right of women and in particular the right to vote. Her wish was not granted much later in 1944 with the right to vote and to stand as a candidate for women.

“Women’s views must be heard and respected like men’s views.”

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986): Worldwide known for her revolutionary feminist book The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir highlights the sexism that dominates 20th century society.

« One is not born a woman, one becomes one. »

 Simone Veil (1927-2017): Survivor of the Holocaust, Minister of Health, committed supporter of the law which legalizes abortion (1975) … Simone Veil is one of the greatest woman figures of the 20th century in France.

« My claim as a woman is that my difference must be considered and that I am not forced to adapt to the male model. »

Angèle Van Laeken: Although she does not claim to be a feminist, the French-speaking singer Angèle denounces the sexual abuses and harassments still current in our societies thanks to her title which has been awarded many times.

« Balance ton quoi » (reference to the French feminist association: Balance ton porc)

Not one day, but every day!

Even if this day is dedicated to women’s rights, remember that there is not just one day to be proud of being a woman and enjoy life.

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