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History of International Women’s Day in Mongolia


International Women's Day was first established in 1910 International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen. German women's rights activist and Marxist theorist Clara Zetkin was the one who tabled the idea. It is often said that the date chosen for International Women's Day marks a mass protest that took place in New York on March 8th, 1857, when women from sewing and shoe factories demonstrated the same rights as men. Men had recently won a 10-hour workday, but women had been overlooked in the legislation and left on a 16-hour workday. As a result, 8th March became a traditional day for regular demonstrations in the US and Europe.

We, Mongolians, have always been able to separate and celebrate the holidays with our unique “Mongolization” character. On March 8 (which is women's day, not a festival), women were "showered" with a lot of wine, flowers, concerts, and entertainment. March 18 is Military day. Originally this is the day that was set aside for men who served in the military but it turned out to be celebrated by all men. Since women received all the presents from the men, we ended up celebrating a military day for men. Maybe we should all celebrate one day for all instead of then days apart.

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