The movement started in the USA in the early 1900s, that IWD was founded as an International Day in 1910 in Copenhagen, and that it was first celebrated in 1911. This year, 2011 will mark the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day.
The UN explains it perfectly as, “the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men”. It’s a day that’s as relevant today, as it was when it was first marked in 1911. Back then, an impressive one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland all demanding the right for women to vote, hold public office, work and have equal pay.
Sometimes in our hurried world we forget how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.
We as women are not only Mothers, sisters, friends, helpers, caregivers, taxi drivers for our children…..the list goes on and on but we are strong and our achievements are many. We add to the world in such a way that when we are not there the sun lacks its luster.
If you didn’t celebrate yourself for the absolutely fabulous person you are on March 8th then celebrate today!
Hopefully there will soon be a day this type of conversation won’t even be an issue.