International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. This day highlights the fight against inequalities women face everyday. It’s a day where women celebrate their progress and claim their rights. The UN created Women’s Day in 1977 as part of the 87 international days officialized by this organization. Let’s discover how to celebrate International Women’s Day in France:
“Toutes en moto pour la Journée des Femmes”: Everyone should bike for Women’s Day
In France, only 20% of bikers are women. On the 8th of March, female bikers will celebrate the 10 years of their association by riding their motorcycles near Trocadéro.
Père Lachaise famous women guided tour
Père Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries of the world as only eminent personalities has been buried there. 3 millions of visitors come each year which makes Père Lachaise the most visited cemetery of the world. For Women’s Day, Père Lachaise organizes a guided tour which begins at 11 am and finishes at 12:30pm. Discover the female celebrities of the cemetery, such as Edith Piaf, Colette, or Sarah Bernhardt…
“Femmes en révolution” at the Conciergerie
La Conciergerie, previously named Palais de la Cité, was the first residence of France’s Kings. Situated in the 1st arrondissement, it was then converted into a prison in 1370 and later became an important player during the French Revolution of 1789. La Conciergerie organized a whole exposition on the participation of women to the most important events of France from 1789 to 1794, showing eminent women such as Charlotte Corday as well as hundreds of anonymous ones who fought for their rights and were jailed in La Conciergerie.
Women’s Carnival was inspired by La Fête des Blanchisseuses (literally Laundresses’ Party), celebrated 21 days after Mardi Gras, on the 22nd March. It was a feminine and popular party during which laundresses elected a queen and gave her a horseman. The Queen and her horseman then went to open the ball which lasted until 5pm. Nowadays, the modern version if it is known as Women’s Carnival which is a heterogeneous and free parade where everyone is invited to participate. This year, the theme is “a fabulous aerian world”.
International Women’s Day in France brings plenty of activities… don’t miss them!