The fool wonders, the wise man asks. - Benjamin Disraeli

We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us. - George Eliot

An international holiday, this is widely celebrated in Russia and other NIS countries on March 8th. The resources below describe the history and traditions of this celebration that honors women and their rights. Although all of the resources do not directly relate to these NIS countries, it is an important day that was begun early in the 1900's where women are honored in a variety of ways including flowers and gifts. It is a day that is not widely observed in the United States although the first Women's National Day was observed in 1909.


  • March 8 - history, events, actions *

    This email message from the International Women's Tribune Centre provides a short history of the beginnings of this observation early in the 20th century and the focus of the 1998 observation for women in Afghanistan.

  • March 8 Essentials: Flowers, Dancing *

    This 1997 article from the St. Petersburg Times gives a brief description of this history and traditions of this holiday that is "part Valentine's Day, part Mother's Day, an all-women holiday in Russia".

  • Russian Life: Loyal Wives, Virtuous Mothers *

    Along with the history and a description of International Women's Day, this article in Russian Life documents the role of women, past and present, in Russia.

  • Woman's Day - Russia *

    Olya in Ekaterinburg describes this holiday to the KIDPROJ Multi-Cultural Calendar.

  • Women's Day in St. Petersburg Cause for Thought *

    This 1996 article, also from the St. Petersburg Times, describes the celebration of this day in the city.

  • Please let us know of additional resources.


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