March 8th around the world

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Back in Romania, during elementary school years, on March 8th, all kids would gather together to construct cards with precious notes (Hallmark had nothing on us!). They were for our moms, to gift later that day. For kids, young and old, March 8th was Mother’s Day. For everyone else, a celebration of Women. I grew up with that notion of appreciation and respect for the hands that raised me. The warmth and support a mother would provide, no matter what!

Thus, I called my mom this morning. I called to wish her Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Women’s Day. And she did the same (just the Women’s Day part hehe). We had a good chat about a bunch of nothings, just catching up on the latests. Just hearing her voice put me in a better place, a calm and soothing spot, and it gave me a boost for the day.

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8 Facts about March 8th that you might’ve not known:

  • The first National Women’s Day was marked on 28 February 1909 in the United States after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. During an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen the following year, Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day. The idea was met with unanimous approval
  • 1911 saw International Women’s Day honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million people attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
  • On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1965, it was declared as a non working day in the USSR. International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March that same year and has remained the global date for the event ever since.
  • It began as a massive protest by women who wanted better working conditions, better pay, and the right to vote. But since then, International Women’s Day has evolved into a day of awareness on women’s progress in the ongoing fight for gender equality, and a day to address issues across the globe that directly affect women.
  • In 1975, the United Nations gave official sanction to International Women’s Day and began sponsoring it.
  • Women who changed the world. From Cleopatra to Mother Teresa and Lady Diana, they all left an imprint in our world history. You can read more about them here.
  • International Women’s Day is currently recognised as an official Holiday in 27 countries, including Afghanistan, Cuba, Romania, Russia, Vietnam. Women are allowed to stay home from work on this day.
  • The United States and Canada now designate the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’. International Women’s Day is now also largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements.

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  • Google Doodle also did something different this year. Previously, the doodles commemorated the achievements of women in science , civil rights , journalism , sports , arts , and technology. But this year, the company has spoken to 337 women and girls in 13 different countries, and asked them to complete the sentence, “One day I will…” and the results are fabulous!

#OneDayIWill quit my job and live & work on my own ranch. Surrounded by peace, farm noises, and lots of horses! A sustainable life I’ve always dreamt of

#OneDayIWill visit the 5 places on my bucket list

#OneDayIWill be proud to fill my library shelves with books I’ve read

#OneDayIWill write that memoir

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