In London there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage on March 8, 1914.
This marked the beginning of the February Revolution, which alongside the October Revolution made up the Russian Revolution.
Revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky wrote, "23 February (8th March) was International Woman's Day and meetings and actions were foreseen.
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It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights.
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The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the feminist movement in about 1967.