CWN - News & Information for Coventry & Warwickshire 20x21spacer.gif (59 bytes)What's New?Search CWN

Coventry Women's Festival - 6-13 March 2000Coventry Women's Festival - 6-13 March 2000


Cllr Joan Wright, Coventry City CouncilAs we enter the new Millennium, it is important that we continue to celebrate the achievements and lives of Coventry women.

I wish the Coventry Women's Festival every success in the year 2000.   Lord Mayor, Joan Wright


Welcome to the programme of events for the Women’s Festival 2000.

Why are we celebrating again this year? 

We celebrate for many reasons. Women have historically had to fight for basic rights. Every year we celebrate those achievements and highlight how much more needs to be done. The programme this year is more focused. The achievements of local, national and international women are huge. Let's celebrate together.

WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?

IN 1910

At a women’s international conference in Copenhagen, Clara Zetkin of Socialist International called for 8 March to be marked as International Women’s Day. The date was chosen because it commemorated the following historic events:

ON 8 MARCH 1857

New York women workers of the textile and clothing industry demonstrated in protest against their low wages and poor working conditions.

ON 8 MARCH 1907

Women in New York demonstrated on the anniversary to call for the vote for women and the end to child labour and sweatshops.

IN 1909

The day had been formally recognised as ‘Women’s Day’ in the USA. Rallies and demonstrations were held the following year in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and the United States. It is estimated that more than one million women went on the move demanding the right to vote and an end to sex discrimination.

IN 1913

Russian women first celebrated the day when it was declared a national holiday by the Russian Parliament.

UNTIL 1968

Relatively little was heard of the day until 1968 when women in Chicago revived the celebration of International Women’s Day as part of the resurgence of feminism in the 1960s.

IN 1971

A demonstration of 5,000 women marched in London demanding childcare, equal opportunities and easier access to safe abortion.

IN 1975

The United Nations formally recognised 8 March as International Women’s Day.

MORE INFORMATION: Sue Webb
  

1x22rule.gif (89 bytes)
Coventry Women's Festival 2000

150x15more.gif (274 bytes)

OTHER IWD SITES

COVENTRY 1999

COVENTRY 1998

150x15more.gif (274 bytes)

talentedwomen.gif (750 bytes)

WOMENCONNECT

WOMEN.COM

TECHGIRLS

NETWORKWOMEN UK



Have your say on TalkZone!

CWN / Women's Festival 2000

1995-2000 Coventry Internet Developments Ltd

This page modified on 10 November 2008 09:49:15AM