By Rita R. Robison
Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. In some places, such as China, Russia, Vietnam, and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday.
Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word “suffragette” comes from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote.
International Women's Day honors the work of the suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds people of inequities still to be redressed.
The first International Women's Day event occurred in 1911, and 2011 was the Global Centenary Year.
See the International Women’s Day website for events planned in different countries.