International Women’s Day China

International Women’s Day China

International Woman’s Day is celebrated around the world every year of March 8th.

We all know the history of the International Women’s Day, but just a little reminder how it all came into being. The first Women’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America on February 28, 1909 in New York City.

Women's Day China - Soviet poster for March 8International women's day in china

Women’s Day China – Soviet poster for March 8

After women got the right to vote in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. Afterwards this date was celebrated all over the world and was later adopted by the United Nations as an official holiday.

In 1949 the People’s Republic of China declared March 8 an official holiday. And although in other countries women generally hold marches and protests.

Women’s Day China has turned into a type of a second Valentine’s Day with special prices and discounts for women.

On this day Chinese men usually buy flowers and presents for their wives, daughters, mothers, and the important women in their lives. Female employees usually get half a day off on this day!

International Women’s Day or Girl’s Day? 

Women’s Day China – Sheconomics 

Women’s Day China – Useful Phrases 

International Women’s Day? or Girls’ Day?

Since “woman” (妇女 in Chinese) is mostly used to signify a married woman, a new festival Girl’s Day (女生节) was created.

This way unmarried and single girls also get the opportunity to be treated as “queens” and many universities and colleges organize special events on this day, which is celebrated on March 7 every year.

Women’s Day China – Sheconomics

Famous revolutionary and feminist Qiu Jin. One of her poems starts with the verses: “Don’t tell me women / are not the stuff of heroes”

Famous revolutionary and feminist Qiu Jin. One of her poems starts with the verses: “Don’t tell me women / are not the stuff of heroes”

“Sheconomics” or “she economy” is a new term coined by China’s Education Ministry to signify women’s growing purchasing power. Since women have more and more purchasing power and capital, enterprises and companies are turning and catering to women as new consumers.

International Women’s Day in China is no exception, when there are many special discounts and promotions for women. Many point to the trivialization of this day in China.

While other countries usually organize marches and protests, China is focused more on gifts and spending money.

NOTE – There are no special customs connected with International Women’s Day China.

Women’s Day China – Useful phrases

Happy Women's Day China!

Here are some useful phrases for International Women’s Day, which in Chinese is also called Sanba Jie (三八节) since it falls on March 8.

  • Women’s day (妇女节; Fùnǚ jié)
  • Happy Women’s Day (妇女节快乐; Fùnǚ jié Kuàilè)
  • The Struggle Continues (斗争还在继续; Dòuzhēng hái zài jìxù)
  • Smash Patriarchy (打倒父权制; Dǎdǎo fùquánzhì)

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