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International Women's Day

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Today, we celebrate International Women's Day - a holiday that traces its origins back to the early twentieth century when American suffragettes and the Socialist Party of America established National Women's Day, which gained international prominence two years later.

In 1917, this holiday played a pivotal role in the October Revolution, contributing to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II.

Over time, the 8th of March holiday became closely associated with communism. On this day, employers would distribute flowers to their female employees, primarily tulips and carnations. The more generous ones might offer coffee beans and nylon tights - prized and elusive commodities behind the Iron Curtain. Consequently, carnations acquired a negative reputation in the former Soviet bloc, serving as a bitter reminder of times when everything was hard to come by.

During the era of communism, ostensibly, the women's holiday aimed to celebrate women's accomplishments. However, in reality, it consistently served as a propaganda tool to underscore socialism's purported dedication to gender equality.

Today, Women's Day in Eastern and Central European communities has departed from its radical origins and become as commercialized as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and other celebratory occasions. Men bestow flowers, gifts, and dinners upon their sweethearts.

Despite its convoluted history, we wish all women around the world an awesome day!

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