International Women's Day

As every year, also in 2015, on 8 March we celebrate the International Women's Day, which in Italy many know as the Women's Day.

Many believe that this anniversary born in memory of some workers died in the fire of 1908 of Cotton, a factory in New York. Is not it. The International Women's Day is in fact born a year later, in 1909 (again in the US), thanks to the American Socialist Party, on February 28, gave birth to a demonstration for the right to vote for women.

Subsequently, between November 1908 and February 1909, thousands of workers in New York went on strike for weeks, demanding a wage increase and improved working conditions. And so, in 1910 the VIII Congress of the Socialist International, decided to establish a day dedicated to women.

But the date that changed the course of this story was on March 25, 1911 when the factory Triangle of New York developed a fire and 146 workers (mostly women) died.

The date of March 8 came in for the first time in the history of the Women's Day a few years later, in 1917, a group of women from St. Petersburg took to the streets to demand the end of the war; the delegates of the Second International Conference of Communist women in Moscow chose March 8 as the date on which set up the International Day of the worker.

In Italy it was begun to celebrate Women's Day in 1922. The symbol, as noted, is the mimosa. Why? Simple: it is one of the few flowers that blooms in March.