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Everything you need to know about International Women's Day

International Women's Day is held on the 8th March every year, after it was started in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America.

It's a celebration of women's rights and how women have gradually gained a louder voice in society.

Women's positions in British society began to change dramatically when they were given the right to vote in 1918.

This move was due to the Suffragette movement, which was made up of incredibly strong women who risked their lives to gain the right to vote for women.

The Equal Pay Act of 1970 was also a pivotal moment for women; it symbolised that they and the working man were on the same level in monetary values.

It also gave women a lot more independence as many of them no longer had to rely on the man of the house. However, women don't get paid the same as men yet, but company transparency is becoming more common so the pay gap should lessen.

Five years later in 1975, the Sex Discrimination Act passed which protects women and men from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status. Margaret Thatcher was the first female PM in 1979, which was another large stride forward for women, considering 61 years prior women had only just been given the right to vote.

There have been huge changes that benefit women recently too, in 2018 Ireland legalised abortion for women up to 12 weeks into their pregnancies marking a great change in the freedom and independence of women.

Upskirting has recently become a criminal offence. Gina Martin, who was a victim of upskirting at a festival in Hyde Park, campaigned to make the act of upskirting illegal. The legislation was approved by the House of Lords and is now being enforced.

The #MeToo movement was also crucial in giving women a voice and platform to share their stories and to know that they are not alone. #MeToo gave women the power to speak up about sexual harassment.

I attended the IWD's March in London on Sunday and it was truly a fantastic celebration of women. Speakers like Helena Bonham Carter and David Tenant all expressed how important it was to continue with campaigning because there is a lot further to go.

Women and men alike, need to stand up to the injustices not only faced by women in the UK but across the globe. Women in countries like India and Nigeria do not have the same protection for women as the UK. Differences still need to be made.

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