History & Culture

Happy International Women’s day!

by The Secret Influencer

International Women’s Day, a worldwide celebration of womanhood, an acknowledge of their social, political, cultural, economic achievements and their significant contributions to the society. Adopted by the United Nations in 1975, every year, March 8 is established as the official International Women’s Day.

It all began from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. In particular, the first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on February 28 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

Since the official date, on the 8th of March 1975, a historic roadmap was signed by 189 governments which envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her rights, such as participating in politics, getting an education, earning an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination

And still to date, the celebrations represent a powerful platform, which continues to grow every year with various events and programmes being organised at local and international level to mark International Women's Day. Despite the fact that this day may mean different things to different people, the values and the global focus on equality and celebration are clear. 


Which are the 10 values that guide this day?











Finally, this day also emphasizes on the importance of gender equality. The day has come to be increasingly associated with feminism and equal rights for all. Every year, a theme is picked to celebrate this day. This year, it is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Greece is also active in celebrating International Women’s Day and a great number of events, concerts and exhibitions take place every year to honor that day. GreeksConnect gathered few of the most significant examples of women who were - and continue to be - emblematic personalities of Art and Politics in Greece via their work and their long-term achievements.

Eirini Pappa 

Born in 1926, Eirini Pappa is an award-winning actress (Best Actress awards in 1961 at the Berlin International Film Festival for Antigone and in 1971 from the National Board of Review for The Trojan Women) who starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 year.

Her talent is also proved on the big screen, with her film career - from the film "Losers of Angels" by Nikos Tsiforou in 1948 to Cinecittà, Hollywood and Oscar, win in 1969 for her performance to the film "Z "By Kostas Zavras - to be full of triumphs. 

Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler 
The emblematic professor of Byzantine History was born in Athens on August 29, 1926. In 1964, she received the title of the director of the National Centre for Scientific Research in France, and then of the professor at Sorbonne, where in 1976 she became the first female Rector in the history of the then 700 years of university. She is considered today one of the most influential modern personalities of the academic and intellectual world.