Wednesday, March 4, 2009
International Women's Day is March 8th
International Women's Day has been observed since 1911.
Many historians have cited the advances of women in society as the single biggest World-wide development of the 20th Century.
Indeed, the focus of International Women's Day (IWD) has shifted in just the past few years to a celebration of the great strides made, rather than the lack of equality and outright discrimination that marked most of these first 100 years.
In the background is always the reminder that the work is not done, and the struggle to avoid going backwards is ongoing.
Interestingly, IWD is recognized as a national holiday in many countries (sort of like an equivalent to Mother's Day in the United States). The countries that observe IWD as a national holiday might surprise you too: China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam!
There is a very good website you may want to look at, called, naturally, International Women's Day.
Congress also designated March as Women's History Month and the U.S. Government provides an EXCELLENT web site on women's history at Womens History Month.gov
To see an article I recently wrote on powerful women, including Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Meryl Streep, Ellen Degeneres, and Dara Torres, see my Retired and Restless blog post Powerful Women to be Admired.