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International Women’s Day Centennial- March 8th

I”m not making this day up, it’s an honest to goodness international holiday–and it has been since the early 1900s.  This year is officially the 100th anniversary. For some reason (that I won’t speculate on here) it’s just not that widely celebrated in the US.  I first heard about this wonderful day from a lovely lady from Romania. She described a day where women are given a break–no chores, someone babysits, everyone gets flowers and thank yous and general support and appreciation.  Not just the moms, not just the wives, ALL the women! I love it!

Of course, the spirit of the day is about empowering and encouraging women all over the world.  Each year each organization chooses their own theme for the year, being as how there are so many aspects of women in the world to focus on.  I’m delighted to say that the concept, and the day, seem to be gaining more recognition here and abroad.  The official website with a listing of all events is here. Excerpted from the site below:

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The UniteGoogled States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

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