“Let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.”
- UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gueterres
As Chuhak & Tecson celebrates Women’s History Month, we reflect back to where it all began—110 years ago—when accomplishments by women first began receiving recognition on a universal scale.
The first National Women’s Day in the U.S. was held on February 28, 1909, as a global celebration of the social, economic and political achievements of women, championing women’s rights, female empowerment and gender equality.
This day was originally catalyzed by the labor movement of 1908, led by Ukraine-born suffragist Clara Lemlich, during which 15,000 female garment workers went on strike in New York City, protesting their subjection to poor pay, long hours and terrible conditions. The following year, The Socialist Party of America declared the first National Women’s Day in honor of the workers.
National Women’s Day became recognized world-wide in 1910 at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was first celebrated as an official international day on March 19, 1911. The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in 1975 during its International Women’s Year. This year, the U.N. has declared International Women’s Day 2019 as #BalanceforBetter, which is described as a “year-long campaign…for driving gender balance across the world.”
At Chuhak and Tecson, P.C. we encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with important moments in history involving women’s fight for equality and social justice while at the same time celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. To learn more, visit Decade-by-Decade: Major Events in Women’s History.