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Advertisement By AFP. International Women's Day marks the struggle for female participation in politics and in the workforce, from the right to vote to the right to equal pay. Here are five things to know about the day when the world is reminded of the enduring power of the patriarchy. - Who invented it? -. The Americans. Believe it or not, the United States once had a powerful socialist party and in 1909 they came up with International Women's Day to commemorate a garment factory strike by women the previous year. German Communist leader Clara Zetkin championed the idea in Europe at the International Conference of Socialist Women in 1910. The following March 19 people marched for women's r... Full story

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