The International Women´s Day is celebrated the 8th of March every year. The day has its origins in the socialist women conference in Copenhagen in 1910. The day was initially celebrated on varying dates in the spring in order to support women’s struggle for suffrage. During 1930s and the second world war all celebration of the International Women’s Day was banned in all countries where fascist of Nazi parties got the power. But at the 8th of March in 1945 there was a gathering in London for women from the Europe’s resistance movement. The date then continued to represent the International Women’s Day in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe, and it was not until the late 1960s and early 1970s that the Western world (USA and Western Europe) started celebrating the day again. In December 1977, the UN recommend to all its member countries to allow March 8 to be a day when women’s rights we highlighted.
Today International Women’s Day means different things in different parts of the world, in some parts, the day is depoliticized and is celebrated like for example Mother’s or Father’s Day. But in many places the political significance of the day is still strong, and people still demonstrate for women’s rights.
At the Library we celebrate International Women’s Day with a small exhibition. We have picked out a number of books from our collection that has one thing in common – the subject is WOMEN. In our glass cabinets at by the entrance to the Library you find them on display. There are some biographies of famous as well as unknown women, novels about women and some books on women’s history for example. Feel free to borrow any of them.