Women's Resource Center

International Women's Day

International Women's Day "is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women” (United Nations). First celebrated in 1911, International Women's Day honors the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year, the WSU International Women's Day Committee works together to develop an event to celebrate women's achievements worldwide. Click on the sections below for daily events.

2018 Events

Check back in February 2018.

WSU Women's Voices Video Series

Salwa Al-arimi International Women's Day Video Transcript

Molly Slothower International Women's Day Video Transcript

Timonae Taylor International Women's Day Video Transcript

Katy McMullan International Women's Day Video Transcript

Elizabeth Magill International Women's Day Video Transcript

Vanessa Corwin International Women's Day Video Transcript

Melanie Brown International Women's Day Video Transcript

Downloadable Posters

Would you like to hang an International Women's Week poster in your office or share events on social media? You can download materials to help share this great week of events! Posters will be available in February 2018.

A Brief History of International Women's Day

  • 1789: During the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for “liberty, equality, fraternity” demanded women’s suffrage for the first time.
  • 1857: New York women working in garment and textile factories staged a strike in protest of low wages, long working hours, inhumane working conditions, and lack of the right to vote.
  • 1907: First Women's Day was organized by American women socialists to demand political rights for working women.
  • 1911: International Women's Day was marked for the first time in March 1911.
  • 1913–1914: International Women's Day became a mechanism for protesting World War I.
  • 1917: Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" and where granted the right to vote.
  • 1918–1999: International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike.
  • 2000–Present: The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. 

2017 Sponsors

 IP International Center, Center for Civic Engagement, IP Global Learning, Women's Resource Center, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Save the Children, Young Democrats, International Students' Council, Men for Social Change, Access Center, GIESORC, Professional Development Initiative, KIND Bars, GPSA, ADVANCE at WSU, President's Commission on the Status of Women, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, & College of Veterinary Medicine.

Thank you for your support!