Tuesday, March 08, 2005

International Women's Day

Most holidays celebrate the lives and achievements of men. Today, March 8, 2005, is a day to celebrate the lives, work and achievements of women. International Women's Day was originally inspired by mid-nineteenth century ladies' garment workers strikes. This day was first celebrated in 1911. Three years later the United States Congress passed a resolution establishing Women's History Week. This was expanded to a month at the request of the National Women's Project in 1987.

The United Nation's sponsors numerous International Women's Day activities. The International Women's Day site contains listings of both national and international events.

This day has caused me to stop and think of the numerous women that have had a positive influence in my life. Here are a few:

My maternal grandmother
Jane Austen
Angela Davis
Jane Goodall
Ellen DeGeneres
Wangari Maathai
Florence Nightingale
Margaret Sanger
Alice Walker
Oprah Winfrey
These amazing women have influenced me in many ways. When I look at the list I feel so proud of them and proud to be a woman.

Google always has wonderful banners. Take a look at their nod to International Women's Day.

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