International Women's DayMonday, March 09, 2015
Yesterday, March 8, was International Women's Day. A day that celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements that women have made throughout history. It is also a reminder that though women have made great leaps and bounds there are still many areas in which women are not treated equally to men.
The day is not meant to put down men, to demean them, to say that their achievements are not as worthy. It is simply a day to celebrate and recognize all the ladies who have made great contributions to our world, our lives, who you may not have ever heard of.
I'm sorry to say that this is actually my first time hearing about International Women's Day, so little recognition did it get prior to social media. But there are many countries who actually celebrate IWD as a national holiday!
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia
I've read that it's similar to the US version of Mother's Day where women receive small gifts of appreciation. But I kind of like the fact that IWD isn't exclusively for women who have children.
Here are some great links I've found around the web that celebrate women. Click on the pictures to be taken to some really interesting female-centered articles.
|via Brain Pickings|