The socialist movement kept the idea and the celebration alive for years, which is why the Soviet Union was all about the holiday, spreading it to other countries in its sphere of influence.
It also explains why many Americans have never heard of March 8th and why they stick with just Mother's Day in May. We can blame the Cold War. That is too bad though - I love celebrating mothers, but celebrating all women is a bigger party!
So today, take the moment to wish all the women in your life a happy International Women's Day! And share with them this beautiful song "One Woman" launched by UN Women to celebrate our unity and to raise funds for UN programs that improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Anya Malkov is an MPP candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, a WAPPP Cultural Bridge Fellow, and an alumna of From Harvard Square to the Oval Office.