International Women's Day, celebrated earlier this month on the 8th (also known as IWD) came about by way of the labor movement, and through popularity and praise is now recognized by the United Nations.
According to an article recently published on BBC.com, "The seeds were planted in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay, and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman's Day. It was Clara Zetkin, a communist activist and advocate for women's rights, who suggested the creation of an international day. She put her idea to an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910 - and the 100 women there, from 17 countries, agreed to it unanimously."
Flash forward more than seven decades later to 1981 when Congress established National Women's History Week to be commemorated annually during the second week of March. According to the US Census Bureau, "In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month and every year since has passed a resolution (and the president has issued a proclamation) designating March Women’s History Month".
What better way to honor Women's History Month in 2022, than to read a few fascinating facts provided by the Census Bureau:
The number of females of all ages in the United States. There were 159.9 million males of all ages.
The approximate ratio of women to men ages 85 and older (4.1 million to 2.2 million) in the United States.
In 2019, the percentage of women 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree as their highest degree; 19.9% of men had a bachelor’s degree as their highest degree.
Women's median earnings as a percentage of men's median earnings, for full full-time, year-round workers 16 years and older.