Happy International Women's Day!
Whaddddup, gorgeous! How you doing? We hope you're well - in fact, you have to be well. It's International Women's Day! So, to make you feel even... well-er, we decided to write a post, detailing the importance of today and why exactly we celebrate it. Let's get stuck in.
What Is It?
International Women's Day is annually held on March the 8th, to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across nations. You may have also heard the day be referred to as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace - a lovely twosome, wouldn't you agree?
What Do We Do?
On this day, different events, such as: conferences, seminars, luncheons, dinners, or breakfasts, are held worldwide. A wide range of women, including, but not limited to: community, business leaders, political, educators, inventors, television personalities and entrepreneurs, are commonly asked to present some form of speech. The speeches and messages given at these events are frequently centred around topical themes relating to women. For example, the portrayal of women in the media, the importance of education, career opportunities and innovation, are familiar subjects of discussion.
It's rather common for school students and people in other educational settings to participate in special lessons, debates and/or presentations relating to the importance of women in society, their influence on the world and issues that affect them in everyday life. In some countries, school children buy presents for their female teachers and women receive small gifts from friends and/or family members. Various workplaces also make a special mention about International Women's Day via internal notices and/or newsletters, or by distributing promotional material, detailing the day.
Three of the Many Incredible Women Who Changed the World
1. Emmeline Pankhurst (15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928)
Where would we even be without this woman? Emmeline Pankhurst was an English political activist. A legendary, English political activist, might we add. In 1903, she founded the Women's Social and Political Union, to campaign for the parliamentary vote for women in Edwardian Britain. A charming leader and an extremely powerful orator, Pankhurst managed to inspire thousands of women to demand, as opposed to ask politely, for their democratic right in a mass movement that has been unparalleled in British history. She endured 13 imprisonments trying to win women the right to vote. We don't think it gets any more passionate than that.
Pankhurst was clearly an incredible lady that will be remembered for all of eternity - rightfully so.
2. Marie Curie (7 November 1867 - 4 July 1934)
Next on our list, is the highly influential, Marie Curie. Curie was a Polish and naturalised-French physicist and chemist, who founded the new science of radioactivity - she even invented the word. Her discovery paved the way for both the diagnosis (via X-rays) and treatment of cancer (radiation therapy) in medicine.
She was the first woman in history to win a Nobel Prize, the first female professor at the University of Paris and the first person - not woman, PERSON, to win a SECOND Novel Prize. It really doesn't get any cooler than that, does it?
3. Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)
What a woman. We're certain you know all about this lovely lady. But, we're going to tell you a little bit about her and how she changed the world, anyway; we just love talking about her. So, Rosa Parks was an African American woman, who lived in Montgomery, Alabama. She changed the world by challenging the racial segregation that existed in parts of the United States of America, back in 1955. She did so, by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, so that a white person could sit down. Her protest was supported by a myriad of other African Americans and sparked the civil rights movement which, in the 1960s, eventually won equal rights.
Shall we say it again, for those in the back? Ok. What. A. Woman.
That's all, for our top three incredible women who changed the world. Of course, there are so many more women who have done amazing things and they should all be remembered. So, if you fancy, maybe after you get off this blog post, you could read all about these women, what they did and why they're so incredible!
It isn't just the famous women we want to highlight in this post, however. We don't know about you, but we have so many amazing women in our lives, who are extremely close to our hearts. Our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, friends, past teachers... There are so many. On this day, we're going to ensure we take a moment to thank the women close to our hearts, for all that they have done for us. We encourage you to do the same. Let them know how much they've helped you. Let them know how much you love and appreciate them. If they've ever put a smile on your face and helped you in any way before, they deserve to know. So, tell them.
If you have positive feelings of love and appreciation towards anyone, regardless of sex or gender, we encourage you to always let them know.
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See you soon, lovely!