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5 Fun Facts About March 8 In Alaska History

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1. The first international women's day was celebrated in Alaska in 1913, just 2 years after the first observance in Europe. Alaskans marched for women's suffrage and the right to vote.

2. In 1945, the Alaska Native Sisterhood was founded in Sitka, Alaska. It is the oldest indigenous women's organization in the state, and it has been instrumental in advancing the rights and welfare of Alaska Native women.

3. On March 8, 1965, the US Coast Guard Cutter Spar rescued 62 people from the Allen Francis, a vessel that was rapidly sinking in a storm. The rescue was one of the most dramatic in Alaska's maritime history, and it highlighted the bravery and skill of the Coast Guard.

4. In 1983, Cordova, Alaska celebrated their first March 8 by holding a parade down Main Street. The celebration was organized by a group of women who wanted to raise awareness about women's issues and promote equality.

5. March 8, 2017 marked the first-ever general strike in Alaska's history. Thousands of women across the state stayed home from work and school to protest against President Donald Trump and his policies. The strike was part of the larger Women's March movement, which had gained momentum after the 2016 election.
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