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Thursday, March 09, 2006

"Some leaders are born women."



I discovered something about yesterday that is just way cool. Yesterday I turned on my computer and my Answers.com feed came up along with my Google bar and all the other information feeds I get. You have to understand, I love having access to information. I'm like the poster girl for the Information Superhighway. Anyway, on my Answers feed, there was a little article on this special celebration for women called International Women's Day. I never knew there was a day for us! I mean there's Mother's Day, but what if you're not a mother?

Apparently this holiday, which is now celebrated all over the world, started in 1911 in Germany, Austria, and several other European countries to push the idea that women should have the right to do things like vote, work for equal pay, and run for political office. Since that time, International Women's Day has been celebrated each year with a social agenda in mind. The movement has a terrific website that includes an excellent time line delineating the growth of this social movement.
As the IWD website states, "International Women's Day is a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights."

Something that is exciting and surprising is that there are at least 5-10 groups here in the United States that celebrates this day, and even extends the celebration through out the month. I found several groups online that are sponsoring activities including Mommy Community, which is sponsoring "Celebrating Women's Day" today and tomorrow. There is something really great about women supporting other women in their own empowerment.

Women live best in a community rich with other women who understand, listen, and most of all, guide one another through the journey of being a woman. I think that's why so many of us struggle in the 21st century. We don't have the connections women of the past did because we are so busy. Perhaps celebrations like this can make all of us more aware of how community can make a difference in our feminine visibilty.

1 Comments:

  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger ChasingMoksha said…

    I worked on an art project for International Women’s Day injunction with our Multicultural and Gender Center at my school. My job was to find beautiful colorful pictures of women from all around the world. This was before I knew about Google image search. I had to wade through piles and piles of porn sites because whenever I used the words “women,” “beautiful women” or “hard working women” porn popped up. I feel so much more computer savvy now. HAH!

    Anyway, it turned out a beautiful day and the artwork was matted and mounted perfectly.

     

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