By IndyKids Staff

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8. Women initiated the day in the early 1900s as a way to honor women who were mistreated and undervalued in society. On March 8, 1908, around 15,000 women protested in New York City to demand shorter working hours, better salaries and voting rights. Since then, many countries designated March 8 as an official holiday to honor women’s rights.