Today my country celebrates what's called International Women's Day. Surprisingly enough, this holiday originated from the US. In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913.
Inspired by an American commemoration of working women, the German socialist Klara Zetkin organized International Women's Day (IWD) in 1911. On March 19, socialists from Germany, Austria, Denmark and other European countries held strikes and marches.Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai, who helped organize the event, described it as "one seething trembling sea of women." Both Zetkin and Kollontai took part in the most famous International Women's Day—the March 8, 1917, strike "for bread and peace" led by Russian women in St. Petersburg. During the Soviet Period in Russia the holiday "the heroic woman worker".
But years and changes in my country softened the meaning of the holiday. Now it is celebrated partially in a manner of Mother's Day but not exactly. Because on the 8th of March in Russia womanhood is celebrated. Every girl, woman, mother or not, is acknowledged. Men are trying to do their best, they give flowers and gifts. It's a holiday of spring, love and happiness.
And today I want to celebrate all of you, my amazing ladies friends. You all work hard whether at home or at your work places. Some of you have kids, some of you don't. Some are grandmothers, others are not. But all of you are full of love for people in your lives. You care, you support, you nourish, you kiss boo-boos, you give your best. You often forget about yourselves. You are amazing, strong and inspiring! I feel so blessed to know you and to learn from you!
May this day be productive, great and, most importantly, happy for you! Thank you for who you are!
Source of some info: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/womensday1.html