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International Women’s Day on March 8th each year celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also brings international awareness to gender parity.  According to the World Economic Forum, global gender equality is estimated to be achieved by 2133.

Gender equality is the equal access to the same rights and opportunities regardless of gender. These rights and opportunities include:

  • healthcare
  • education
  • employment / economic gain
  • pay
  • protection under the law
  • right to vote
  • free from violence

Striving for Change

Holding Political Office

Just over 100 years ago, only .2 % of the United States Congress consisted of women. Actually, the 65th Congress was comprised of a single woman. In 1916, Montana elected Republican Jeannette Rankin as the first Congresswoman to hold a federal office. Fast forward to the year 2020 and women hold 23.7% of the U.S. Congressional seats. While that might seem like progress, according to United Nations statistics, the U.S. percentage matches exactly the worldwide average for women in political office. 


In many parts of the world, women are less likely to own land, a business, or attend school. Education alone is a powerful tool leading to financial independence for women. Their children reap the rewards, often for generations to come. Additionally, when the women of a community prosper, so does the community. Educated women and girls are more likely to educate their offspring. They also have a better understanding of healthcare and understand their rights. 

Equal Pay

According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s poorest people are women. International Women’s Day strives to bring economic power to women who are not allowed to work for pay or work for low wages. And despite strides in industrialized countries, there is still work to do there, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalWomensDay

Around the world, organizations, communities, and individuals organize events focused on the mission of gender parity, celebrating the achievements of women worldwide and education.

  • Attend a lecture, seminar, or festival.
  • Organize an event.
  • Speak or perform at a local fundraiser.
  • Participate in a march for women’s equal rights.
  • Learn about the women who paved the way for many of the rights and freedoms we have today.
  • Become involved in your local, state, or national political system.
  • Invite others to join you, including other women, sons, brothers, sisters, and daughters.
  • Share your job skills at a local career fair.
  • Celebrate all month long. It is also National Women’s History Month.

Use #InternationalWomensDay when posting on Social Media.


International Women’s Day origins can be traced back to the early 1900s when women became more politically active. They took an invested and vocal role in steering their course toward voting rights, fair pay, improved working conditions, and representation under the law. 



March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day!  Melted chocolate mixed with peanuts makes a perfect combination for sweet and salty deliciousness!

Two things had to happen for peanut clusters to even exist. First, a method had to be invented for the cocoa bean to be processed and transformed into what we know as chocolate. That process wasn’t widely used until about the late 1890s and just about the same time the second extraordinary thing happened; agriculture found a way to grow the peanut and bring it to the public with steel tools and steam power.  

It didn’t take long for confectioneries to add the now readily available peanuts to melted chocolate. The sheer simplicity of the salty peanuts added to sweetened chocolate is a mouthwatering temptation few can resist, even today. Candy makers find them to be a popular addition to cookie tins or other holiday baskets. Their simplicity allows bakers to easily round out any cookie or bar tray. They also quickly satisfy a snack craving without much effort at all. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #PeanutClusterDay

Peanut clusters are an easy to make snack that can be ready in just minutes.  Melt the chocolate. Add the peanuts and stir them together. Drop them by spoonfuls into a “cluster” on waxed paper or foil. Let them harden and then ENJOY!!

Remember to share! Use #PeanutClusterDay to post on social media.


We continue to research the origins of this nutty food holiday but have come up empty-handed. Well, we’ve found a handful of peanut clusters, but that’s another story.



Every year on March 8th, National Proofreading Day highlights the importance of proofreading our written work. The day also allows those who enjoy proofreading to gently correct others. However, if invited to proofread another’s work, constructive criticism is usually welcome!

The day promotes mistake-free writing. Carefully review all your letters and documents to make a positive and professional impression. When proofreading, it sometimes helps to have a few tips handy to catch mistakes that are often overlooked. Use several of them and mix them up from time to time for the most effective proofreading.

  • Walk away – Proofread after an article, important email, or chapter has time to set, and you’re reading it with fresh eyes.
  • Do not disturb – Remove all distractions, including phones, other deadlines, traffic, noise, and interruptions.
  • Learn your habits – Keep a list of your routine errors and look for those first.
  • Turn off the autocorrect – When used strictly as a tool, autocorrect may be helpful. Over time we become reliant upon it. In texts and emails, it can overcorrect our messages, creating havoc. When we’re uncertain of the spelling or a word, so many more reliable and efficient tools are available. 
  • Read it aloud – We catch different errors when we read aloud than when we read by sight alone.
  • Read it backward – A fresh perspective allows us to find new errors. Start with the last sentence and work your way to the beginning. 
  • Fresh eyes – When the second set of eyes reads something completely new, it’s amazing what they find!
  • Print it – And use a different font. Once again, our eyes see the document differently when it is printed on paper, and we find errors we didn’t see the first few times.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalProofreadingDay

Share your tips and tricks for proofreading. Other ways to participate in the day include:

  • Take a course on proofreading.
  • Challenge yourself to accept constructive criticism.
  • If you usually catch other people’s errors, maybe this is the holiday to let them slide. 

Be sure to proofread anything you write and use #NationalProofreadingDay to post on social media.


Corporate Trainer Judy Beaver created National Proofreading Day. She chose March 8th, her mother’s birthday, to honor her mother and her love of correcting people. 

In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

National Oregon Day - March 8


On March 8t, National Oregon Day recognizes the Beaver State. Valentine’s Day 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union.

Oregon’s climate enjoys the warm Pacific air west of the Cascade Mountains and in the lush Willamette Valley. More extreme temperature ranges are experienced in Oregon’s high desert.

Populations of Nez Perce, Chinook, Mollalla, and others settled along the Columbia River Gorge, Klamath Basin, and points east. Many of the first European explorers to arrive sought the elusive Northwest Passage

The Corps of Discovery Expedition followed the Colombia River Gorge, reaching the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. They would winter at Ft. Clatsop. Soon, pioneers would follow along what would become the Oregon Trail.

The gorge was created from volcanic lava flows and glacial floods. Windsurfers flock to the Columbia due to the powerful, steady winds off of the Cascade Mountains. Kayaking, biking, hiking, skiing and many other outdoor adventures can be found up and down the Gorge, but its icy crown is Mt. Hood. The Stratovolcano’s last eruption occurred in 1865 and was named after Lord Samuel Hood.

South along the Cascade Range, a sleeping volcano forms the mysterious Crater Lake.  A well-planned hike along the trails to the remote brilliant, blue waters of the deepest lake in the U.S. is worth the effort. The pristine volcano is a wonder to see. Eastern Oregon takes on the color of a sunset in the undulating Painted Hills near Mitchell.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOregonDay

Explore all the wonders of Oregon! Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate the 33rd state’s history, people and culture. Uncover hidden treasures and explore Oregon’s diverse landscapes! Use #NationalOregonDay to share on social media.

March 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The New York Stock and Exchange Board is formed. In 1863, the name would be changed to the New York Stock Exchanged. The Exchange originated at 68 Wall Street and can be found today at 18 Broad Street and the corner of Wall Street.


Susan B. Anthony spoke before the House Judiciary Committee in support of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Sixteen years before, legislators had first introduced federal legislation to amend the Constitution for women’s suffrage. In 1919, the 19th Amendment passed and was ratified, 13 years after Anthony’s death.


Former officers of the Salvation Army, Maud and Ballington Booth found Volunteers of America.


Raymonde de Laroche receives her pilot’s license from the Aeroclub de France, becoming the first woman in the world licensed to fly a plane.


In McCollum vs. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court rules for the first time that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.

Recipe of the Day


Apple Butter Meatball Subs

This tangy recipe hits the spot for summer cookouts or midweek meals.


1 cup apple butter
1 cup BBQ sauce
16 ounces of frozen meatballs
6 hoagie rolls
12-18 slices of provolone cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions


Mix apple butter (we used a homemade spicey apple butter) and BBQ sauce together. Add meatballs to crockpot and pour the sauce over top, coating all the meatballs well. Slow cook on high for 4 hours.

Lightly butter and toast the hoagie rolls. Divide the meatballs evenly between the rolls. Top with cheese. Garnish with green onions.

Serves 6

March 8th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Anne Bonny – 1702

The notorious Irish pirate sailed the Caribbean during the early 1700s. She partnered with James Rackham, commandeering and pillaging ships before being captured in 1718.

Josephine Cochrane – 1839

In 1886, the American inventor patented the first commercially successful dishwashing machine.

Beatrice Shilling – 1909

The British engineer is best known for her ingenuity with carburetors improving the engines in the Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes in 1940 during World War II. Shilling’s improvements contributed to the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s (RAE) success. In 1948, Queen Elizabeth II honored Shilling with the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Lynn Redgrave – 1943

The award-winning British actress brought to life countless roles on both stage and screen in her nearly 50-year career. Some of her most notable roles include Georgy in Georgy Girl, Hanna in Gods and Monsters, and Mrs. Culver in The Constant Wife.

Frederic W. Goudy – 1947

The self-taught American printer and typographer designed his first typeface in 1897. In his lifetime, he would create over 100 different fonts.

Notable Mentions

Leslie Fiedler – 1917
Harriet Samuel – 1836
Michael S. Hart – 1947
Aidan Quinn – 1959
Cameryn Manheim – 1961

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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