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Celebrate International Women’s Day!

International Women' s Day

It’s possible you haven’t heard of International Women’s Day even though it has been around since 1908. But you are bound to hear about it more and more as this day that honors the strength and accomplishments of women gains additional recognition every year.

This is not just another version of Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. This is a holiday that was officially recognized in the US in 1994 and acknowledges the struggles of women to gain equal rights in different cultures all over world. Each year the UN sets a theme to bring about awareness about the struggles women continue to face in society. 2014 proclaims “Equality for Women is Progress for All.”

How Can You Celebrate?

There are several different way you can celebrate this day. You can feel good that no matter what way you choose, recognizing the significance of the holiday will help spread the word to others.

Bring About Awareness

Individuals often wear purple ribbons to mark International Women’s Day. Keep an eye out for awareness ribbons in local gift shops, or get crafty and make your own. By wearing an awareness ribbon, you are fostering the opportunity to tell interested parties what it stands for and why it is meaningful to you. You might even carry a few extras to give out at school or work.

Thank the Strong Women In Your Life

Becoming a strong independent woman is extremely challenging in a society that can frequently put up road blocks for females of all walks of life. But everyone knows someone in their lives who have been determined and held their ground. Whether it was getting ahead at a competitive job or raising a loving family, the strength of women should be rewarded.  Send a lovely fresh-cut arrangement to let someone in your life know how amazing and inspiring they are.

Teach Others The History of Women’s Rights

Talk freely to children and loved ones about women working to gain equality, women champions you admire and why feminism is the desire for equal, not special, treatment. No need to get preachy, just speak from the heart. Talk about what inspires you to fight discrimination, even in small ways, or how you appreciate what others have done in the past to make our world what is it today. By making yourself heard, you are teaching others important values that make positive change possible.

While there is plenty of room for improvement, women’s rights have come a long way over many years and without remembering that rich history our culture won’t be able to move forward without your help.

 Enjoy celebrating all the aspiring and inspiring women that have touched your life this Saturday.
Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Woman’s Day!!!

That’s right. Sunday is International Woman’s Day 2009. I didn’t know much about it until last year when I was talking with a friend who had received flowers for this holiday. The conversation was less than enlightening and went something like this.

  • Me:  Oh cool flowers. What’s the occasion?
  • Her:  Thanks. International Woman’s Day.
  • Me:  What??
  • Her:  International Woman’s Day. It’s pretty awesome.
  • Me:  What is it?
  • Her:  *Blah blah blah* Google it.

Anyway, I took her advice and got some pretty good information. Check it out! International Woman’s Day has been around since the early 1900s. Can you imagine celebrating something like this when women weren’t allowed to vote? This was a severely restricted time for women. That took a lot of guts! Sometimes I just want to hug the women that came before us and tell them thanks for making it possible for us to be who we are.

IWD has been celebrated on March 8th of every year since 1913. That happens to fall on a Sunday this year so I recommend sending flowers a day or two early. After all, it’s the thought that counts. Even better, it’s a wonderful gesture to receive flowers from a sorority sister, secret sister or secret pal, husband, best friend or relative.

To celebrate together is an amazing thing. To stand up and acknowledge the things that our ancestors have done is incredible. To sit down together and enjoy being able to work normal hours for nearly identical pay is another thing for which to be thankful. Much in the minority among other women, I’m a bit of a chauvinist who tends to side with men. I’ll admit it. Even the ladies that fall into this group can’t help but appreciate the rights that we have thanks to brave women that preceded us.

Know a lady that exudes quality? Perhaps it’s her bravery or courage that make her stand out. Perhaps she’s the sweetest little old church lady that ever existed. Whatever this woman is/did/does to make you love her, acknowledge that with the gift of flowers for International Woman’s Day. Why not? Maybe the compliment will be returned to you one day when someone falls in love with every wonderful quality that you possess.

Get your bragging shoes on. We want to hear your stories about the women in your life that have made it possible for you to be who you are. Who are you celebrating on International Woman’s Day? Even if you’re celebrating you, share your stories with us here.