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The history of International Women’s Day is a history of taking action. The event originated in 1908 when women garment makers in New York demonstrated to demand better working conditions. They worked in appalling conditions, earned half of men’s wages, died prematurely from poor health and didn’t have the right to vote.

In 1910 an international conference of women resolved that each year a day should be set aside to press for women’s demands. Since then International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated around the world each year on March 8. From its inception International Women’s Day has stood for equality between women and men.

At the same time in England, women were meeting and marching to demand the right to vote. The Suffragettes adopted the colours of Green, White and Violet to stand for their slogan “Give Women the Vote”. Since then these colours have been used to symbolise the struggle for women to obtain equal rights

In Sydney, IWD was first celebrated in 1928 at a rally that called for equal pay for equal work, an eight hour day for shop workers, no piece-work, a base wage for the unemployed and paid annual holidays. Rallies and marches have been held throughout Australia every year since.

Of course, much has improved since then, but we still have some way to go to achieve equal opportunity for women, not only in Australia but throughout the world.

So IWD is about remembering the battles long fought to build a society that is just and fair to all its members a society in which diversity, tolerance, safety, social justice and equality between women and men is a given. And its about celebrating what women have done, are doing and can do.



Women Color

Purple, Green and white are the official international women’s colours.The colours originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), in the UK in 1908. The colours were said to represent:ð     White for purity in public as well as private lifeð     Purple for justice, dignity, self-reverence and self-respect (and representing the women’s vote)ð     Green for hope and new life. The colours unified the women’s movement and emphasised the femininity of the suffragettes. The tricolour of the WSPU soon became a visual cue for the women’s movement in other countries. Purple, green and white were worn on International Women’s Day and were used for other women’s movement banners and posters.  More recently, two changes have occuredð     the use of the colour white has more recently been rejected as ‘purity’ is a controversial issue and attitudes towards the role of ‘purity’ from women differ greatly.ð      the introduction of the colour gold representing ‘a new dawn’ has been commonly used to represent the second wave of feminism 


The use of pink for girls and blue for boys represents the unfortunate gender socialisation and female oppresion that occurs at a very early age. Thus many feminists historically decried the use of pink to represent females. Of course there is nothing wrong with the colour pink – it’s just that when it is used to positively represent women it in fact does quite the opposite.  Purple is the correct colour to be used if representing women’s advancement. Purple with green represents traditional feminism, purple with gold represents progressive contemporary feminism. The good thing abut women’s progress means that you can of course use any colour to represent your female focus … brown anyone ?


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