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International Women’s Day

Mar. 8, 2021

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a holiday celebrating women all over the world, recognizing their accomplishments and reminding people everywhere to continue working towards unity in fighting for the equal rights of women and men.

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History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8, and is a legal holiday in many countries. In addition to focusing on women’s rights, Women’s Day also celebrates women’s important contributions in economic, political and social fields.

The first Women’s Day was held in New York on February 28, 1909 by the Socialist Party of America. On March 8, 1917, in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg, women textile workers held strikes and processions throughout the city, which also led to the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and the provisional government ensured that women had the right to vote.

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How International Women’s Day is Celebrated

On March 8 every year, different people find different ways to celebrate women, especially those in their lives. This might take the form of gifts or words of appreciation, time off from work, or special events. At the end of the day, though, the most important thing (and the main idea behind the holiday), is that women are respected as much and treated equally as men – remember, actions (not presents) speak louder than words!

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Key Words and Phrases Related to International Women’s Day

With these topics in mind, we’ve prepared some phrases that you might find useful when talking and reading about this important holiday.

1. 权利

权利 (quán  lì): n. right

This kind of “right” generally refers to the power that the law gives people to uphold and achieve their interests.

Examples:

wǒ men bú néng zuò jīn qián  hé  quán  lì  de  nú  lì ,ér  yào zuò tā men de zhǔ rén
我    们   不  能    做   金   钱   和     权  利   的   奴  隶,而   要  做  它  们  的  主   人。
We cannot be slaves of money and power, but masters of money and power.

suī  rán  wǒ  bú  tóng  yì  nǐ  de  shuō  fǎ ,dàn  wǒ  shì  sǐ  hàn  wèi  nǐ  shuō  huà  de  quán  lì
虽  然    我    不    同    意    你   的  说   法  ,但  我  誓  死   捍   卫   你   说     话     的     权   力。
Although I disagree with your point of view, I maintain your right to speak.

2. 举行

举行 (jǔxíng): v. to hold (meeting, ceremony, etc.)

wǒ  men  jiàng  zài  xià  zhōu  jǔ  xíng  kāi  xué  diǎn  lǐ
我    们      将    在   下    周     举    行    开    学   典   礼。
We will hold the opening ceremony next week.

3. 作斗争

作斗争 (zuò dòu zhēng): v. to fight; to struggle

wǒ  men  yào  gǎn  yú  tóng  gè  zhǒng  bù  fǎ  xíng  wéi  zuò  dòu  zhēng
我    们    要     敢    于     同    各    种    不    法    行    为     作   斗     争。
We must dare to fight against all kinds of wrongdoing.

4. 纪念日

纪念日 (jì  niàn  rì): n. anniversary; memorial day

nǐ  zhī  dào  jīn  tiān  shì  shén me  rì  zi  ma
你  知  道   今   天    是     什    么  日 子  吗 ?
Do you know what day today is?

wǒ  zhī  dào,  jīn  tiān  shì  wǒ  men  zài  yī  qǐ  yī  zhōu  nián  jì  niàn  rì
我   知   道,  今   天  是   我   们   在    一  起    一   周   年   纪   念   日。
I know that today is our first anniversary of being together.

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eChineseLearning’s Helping You Celebrate

This year on International Women’s Day, eChineseLearning will be doing our best to support women around the world in their endeavors – specifically their Chinese learning aspirations! All women can get in touch with us for FREE Chinese learning courses; no matter your level, no matter your goals, let us work with you to achieve them.

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