International Women’s Day

March 8th is the international Women’s Day and it is a festivity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women and it is celebrated in 34 countries. According to Wikipedia the very first event was celebrated in the United States on February 28th, 1909, and the idea came because of the rapid industrialization and of the poor working conditions, and the date of March 8th came because women in clothing and textile factories went on strike against the poor conditions and low wages in the year 1857. Every year from after that on March 8th there were strikes and protests asking for better pay, shorter hours and voting rights. And in 1975, March 8th was formally sponsored by the United Nations.

As time passed by though the day became more romanticized and in different countries you will find different customs. For example in Italy and Russia men give yellow mimosas to the women in their lives, and in Portugal or Romania celebrate with women only dinners and parties.

Learn more about the history of women in your country or even other cultures and see the progress that has been made.

Then look at yourself and see what you have achieved in the past years, anything counts such as you got a raise, you decided to be a stay-at-home mom, you lost a pound or you improved the relationship with a parent, friend or spouse. Write your achievements down so that when you feel down you can look at them.

Accept flowers from the men in your life gracefully and give or send yellow mimosas to the women in your life.

If you are socially and politically involved look at your city or around your areas for parades and join them.

Organize a women-only dinner where you can cook or even order in and celebrate your friendship, achievements and just being a woman.

Call some of the women that you do not keep in touch as much, an old friend or even a relative just to catch up, but you can also write letters to these women.

Join women’s group such as the National Council of Women’s Organization, Equal Rights Advocates, Big Sisters or Business and Professional Women, or even the U.S Chamber of Commerce, Association for Women in Science, just to name a few. You can join, donate or even give your time as a volunteer.