Originally known as The International Day of Working Women, today marks International Women’s Day, when celebrations around the world focus on showing our appreciation, love, and respect for women and their constantly evolving roles in all facets of life.
The occasion was originally a Socialist political event, complementing the cultures of Eastern Europe and Russia, while representing the struggle for women’s socioeconomic and political rights in the Western world. With support from the United Nations in 1977, the holiday became recognized and upheld worldwide, and its themes continue to resonate today.
In honor of all the women around the world, we’ve selected some amazing vintage photography from the Shutterstock Everett Collection portfolio. Much progress has been made since these were taken, yet they still capture the true spirit of the independent woman. Happy International Women’s Day!