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Australia International Womens Day

2011  Twenty Cent reverse 2011  Twenty Cent obverse

2011 Twenty Cent

Reverse Designer:Vladimir Gottwald Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:28mm Weight:11.31g Edge:Reeded Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel


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The International Women's Day commemorative issue celebrates the political, economic and social achievements of women. The reverse was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and shows the official Women's Day logo layered over the repeated words CELEBRATING 100 YEARS. The legend reads INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 1911 2011. The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned. It also has the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011.

International Women's Day has been observed since the onset of the 1900's. This was a period when industrialisation of our world brought about enormous social and economic change. Substantiating and depicting the era was a booming increase in population and the increase of opposing beliefs and principals that were non-conforming with ideologies of the past. These new beliefs and principals sparked discontent and controversial debates amongst women. The persecution, disparity and discrimination against women was propelling women to speak out and actively take a stance by crusading for a change. In 1908, 15,000 women challenged the issues of better pay, voting rights and shorter working hours by marching through New York City. They demanded modification and revision to existing inequalities against women.

Since its birth International Women's Day has celebrated the achievements of women across time and in both developed and developing nations. Through showing gratitude for the contributions women have brought to our societies it is hoped that globally social awareness is accentuated and displayed. Foremost priority and concern is given to approaching opportunities and further freedoms that are anticipated for women in subsequent generations (UN Women, 2014) . International Women's Day is celebrated each year on the 8th March. Women's organisations and government around the globe observe the day and host enormous events honouring the achievements and advancements of women while also emphasising and remembering the need for constant vigilance and adherence to a lifelong continuing cultivation of women's rights and equality. Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark were the first countries to recognise this day officially in 19th March 1911. In Russia, China, Bulgaria and Vietnam the day warrants being a public holiday and is denoted in many countries by wearing a purple ribbon.

Formerly regarded as UNIFEM Australia, The Australian National Committee for UN Women moderates a considerable amount of diverse International Women's Day commemorations every year. From its humble beginnings back in the early 1900's the event has reached a landmark in 2011 as it was 100 years since its inception (International Womens Day, 2013) .

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