International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. On this day, we celebrate women’s social, political, economic, and cultural achievements. It is also a day to raise awareness about discrimination and continue working towards gender equality.  

On March 19, 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first International Women’s Day. Born out of the labour movements in North America and Europe, over one million people attended events to show their support.  

In 1975, the United Nations recognized the whole year as International Women’s Year. That year was also the beginning of celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day.  

Each year in Alberta and around the world, we celebrate the achievements of women and promote equity for women. This day reminds us of the need to recognize and take action to address the gender disparities that continue to exist.  

To learn how you, your community, or your organization can celebrate this day, refer to the Government of Canada’s website.