Today is a special day. It’s International Women’s Day. Every year on March 8, people around the world come together to celebrate all of the achievements of women past, present and future from all walks of life.
The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 as more than a million men and women campaigned for women’s rights to work, vote and more. We have come a long way in the last 100 years and there is a great deal to celebrate.
How will you be marking International Women’s Day?
On February 18, 1965, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a member of the Alabama State Police during a non-violent civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama.
Seventeen days later, 525 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of that killing. They were attacked by state and local police armed with billy clubs, whips, and tear gas. (You can read the New York Times' entire horrifying accounthere.) That day—March 7, 1965—would come to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”