Many versions abound about how International Women’s Day came to be, but all stories lead back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City protesting violence against garment workers and demanding better pay, better working conditions and voting rights. Their slogan was Bread and Roses – signifying the need for better wages and a better quality of life. In 1909 women workers marched again in Chicago, officially kick-starting a National Women’s Day. The next year, European women proposed building on the US idea and agreed to make March 8th International Women’s Day. This is one of the great manifestations of international solidarity among workers and women in particular.