The history of International Women’s Day stems back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote. The first National Woman’s Day in the United States was declared the following year. The idea to make the day international came from a woman called Clara Zetkin in 1910. She suggested the idea at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There were 100 women there, from 17 countries, and her proposal was accepted unanimously. It was first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Things were made official in 1975 when the United Nations started celebrating the day.
Today, new research just published to coincide with the 111th International Women’s Day on 8th March 2022, has found a continuing scary gender divide when it comes to health and wellness in the UK.
The new research commissioned by the evidence-backed CBD range, Dragonfly CBD found:
- Women are much more likely than men to feel stressed and suffer from anxiety, with nearly 30% of women polled saying they had felt stressed more than 10 times in the previous month, compared to just 18% of men.
- Women noted their life is more stressful since the pandemic began (26% of women vs. 19% of men) than ever before
- Most women polled said they were getting a lot less sleep now than before the pandemic began some two and half years ago (24% of women vs. 16% of men).
When it comes to what triggers stress for women, the Dragonfly CBD research poll found finances, household bills, health, weight, partner, kids, friends, Covid-19, shopping, trying to please everyone and how they feel about themselves topped the stress list.
Sadly, in the same research review, more than half of women noted the pressure to be perfect (55%), including as a partner (23%), as a parent (22%), at work (21%), as a friend (20%), how they drive (9%), how they look (38%), with the housework (22%), in the bedroom (16%)