It has been so since 1946 when the U.D.I (Unione Donne Italiane – Italian Women Union) elected the mimosa to symbolise the day. It was chosen by three influential women from Italian post-war politics: Rita Montagnana, Teresa Mattei and Teresa Noce, all three of them active members of the Italian Communist Party. They chose this flower for a simple reason: it blossoms at the end of February and beginning of March when the weather starts to get slightly warmer, and is widely available, allowing all women to have a little branch with which to celebrate.
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