Yesterday was International Women’s Day. How did you celebrate? Now, I know it isn’t a national holiday where everyone has the day off, or exchanges gifts or classic stories. However, some reflection on the meaning of the day and what it can personally mean for you is a wonderful thing to do on such an occasion.
So, what is International Women’s Day? It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women, to reflect on the struggles and victories women have held over the years, and to create social awareness about women’s issues around the world. It is important to remember that only 96 years ago women were not allowed to vote in our country. Just 96 years. There are women alive today who were born in a time when they weren’t allowed to vote! Some more surprising facts about women’s rights and victories over the years:
- Until 1972 women could not run in the Boston Marathon.
- In 1974 women won the right to apply for a credit card without a man on the account.
- Up until 1978 a woman could be fired from her job just because she was pregnant.
- In 1994 the Violence Against Women Act was passed, helping victims of violence receive fair treatment in court, and seeing the criminals are prosecuted to the same extent that other violent criminals are.
- 2012 was the first year women’s boxing was included in the Olympics.
While we are reminded of the struggles, we can also celebrate the victories. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to think about some amazing women writers, philanthropists, policy-makers, scientists, who have done things to change the world for the better. Take a moment to learn about an accomplished woman you’ve never heard of. Here’s a start… can you name some female inventors?
Let’s keep International Women’s Day going! Find a cause you’d love to support and learn more about it, donate $5, share the information with someone who doesn’t know. Learn more about an amazing woman in history or an amazing woman in your world today! Tell a woman you admire that you admire her for what she does. Tell your girl friends how much you appreciate them. And, most important of all, know that what you want to do and be in this life, while it should have it’s challenges, is getting closer to your reach every day as long as you keep working toward it thanks to the women who have come before you and helped pave the way.