The Socialist Party of America designated February 28, 1909 as National Women's Day. It was celebrated on this day until 1913 when it was moved to March 8th globally. International Women's Day celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of women. It also seeks to encourage and support women's equality. Organizations use this day to educate and bring awareness to the plight of women around the world; whether they be economic, human rights related, or political in nature. What started as a Socialist party initiative is now a recognized holiday, support by the United Nations.