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International Women’s Day – A Potted History

In 1914 International Women’s Day was held on March 8, possibly because that day was a Sunday, and now it is always held on March 8 in all countries.  However, the earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the strike of the International Ladies Garment Union when 20,000 workers, primarily immigrants and mainly women, walked out of their shirtwaist factories in protest over workers’ wages, working conditions and hours. The strike was a violent one. Police routinely arrested picketers for trivial or imaginary offenses while employers hired local thugs to beat them as police looked the other way.

Since 1996, International Women’s Day has taken on a theme.  This year “Be Bold for Change” encourages women, men and non-binary people to join forces through purposeful collaboration, to help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.

StartUp Croydon is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, with an accreditation from Investors In People.  Many of our tenants are from the social enterprise sector and the majority of our trainee entrepreneurs are women.

We also successfully delivered the RBS Inspiring Women In Enterprise programme in 2013/2014 and Yuliana Topazly (recently recognised in the 2017 Sunday Times Maserati 100) was a participant on the course. Click here to read more about Yuliana’s special recognition.

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