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May 23rd, 2017

For the first time 'international' Women's Day was celebrated in 1911 in four countries – Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland – on different days. In 1912, the Women's Day was celebrated all the same 'narrow circle' countries, and again on different days. In 1913, the Women's Day was first recorded in Russia (more precisely – in a single city of St. Petersburg). The date of the meeting, as well as the names of the organizers failed to find even in Soviet sources, even though the Soviet ideologues throughout several decades, strongly developed the myth of the 'international' Women's Day.

It was only in 1914 – the first and last time! – Women's Day was celebrated March 8 at the same time in six countries: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Russia and Switzerland. The outbreak of the First World War made Europe a long time to forget about any holidays. But after coming to power in Russia, the Bolsheviks of the International Women's Day remembered again and gave it official status. On common belief of historians and political scientists, the commissioners used the achievements of European Socialists for the ideological struggle against the Orthodox Church. Eighth March was intended to deter the Soviet people from religious Holidays: Carnival, falling by about the same time, and the Myrrh-Day, celebrated on the third Sunday after Easter and is considered to be an Orthodox Women's Day. In 1975, the Soviet ideology, finally succeeded in his dream: Because this year has been declared by the United Nations' International Women's Year ', then and March 8 with the filing of the Soviet delegation to address the same UN was still the official status of' International Women's day '.

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