Today we honor women and the impact they have on this world. It’s International Women’s Day. I didn’t really know why or the reasoning behind this day so I thought I would look it up. Here is what I found:
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
And I found that each year there is a theme. This year, the theme is “Balance for Better.” The 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements, according to the International Women’s Day website.
In honor of today I want to thank all those that had to suffer to make our voices be heard. Those that have marched, sacrificed and fought to bring the rights I enjoy every day into fruition. I can go get a job. I can cash my own paycheck. I can drive a car. I can marry or divorce whom I choose. And so many, many more things that I take for granted because of the millions of women that have gone before me to create these freedoms.
Thank you to all the women who are still fighting oppression in countries I have never been to. Stay strong and know that there are many supporting you and taking up your cause. International Women’s Day is proof of how far women have come to better this world for themselves and all. How we continue to be the heart; to be strong in the face of adversary and to rise up! Not against others; but together.
Enjoy and honor your women today. Take special care with the older women who know challenges us younger gals will never have to face. Thank them.
I love these two quotes from Maya Angelou:
“You have tried to destroy me and though I perish daily, I shall not be moved.”
“I’m a woman