"On International Women's Day, I'm reflecting on the future we all want for our daughters: one where they can live out their aspirations without limits", the former president tweeted before most people had their morning coffee.
Berlin is a city state within Germany, and its local Senate decided to make 8 March a day off work in a vote at the end of January, German radio reported.
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Over the next few years, more countries in Europe marked the holiday on March 8. And since then, the awareness regarding this day has increased many fold over the years and this important day is now widely being accepted and celebrated through the world. Zetkin, a Marxist theorist and women's rights activist, proposed the idea at an global socialist women's conference in Copenhagen in 1910, according to Deutsche Welle.
The strike, which is organised by the Comisión 8M (March 8 Commission), which is comprised of feminist groups scattered throughout the state, comes on International Women's Day.
"We're in the 100th year of women's suffrage but we still have a lot to do", German Family and Women's Minister Franziska Giffey told DW Thursday. The demonstrators took to the streets united by the "if we stop, the world stops" slogan. Feminist T-shirts are cute, but the roots of International Women's Day are as ugly as it gets: in working-class and migrant women's protests against life-threatening conditions in sweatshops.