Hmmmm? And, March 8 Hooray!
Updated: Feb 3
I mentioned earlier that I have a tiny bit of spring fever, so of course it snowed with more to come over the next few days. At least the new snow looks really pretty with the pink, red, white and purple Valentine's lights that are strung around the outside of my abode because you know, Valentine's Day is coming! But we have already covered this so I won't rehash my love for 2/14.
I recently read a post on a social site that shared a lovely sentiment about women supporting, lifting up and advocating for other woman and I gave a little internal cheer, "YES, excellent!!" And then I paused. Shouldn't this be the norm and not something that we need to remind one another to do? But in all honesty, we aren't quite there yet and we do need to celebrate one another and be supportive of each other as much as we can because it's freakin' hard out here for many of us for many different reasons.
I suspect that every woman has a story, young or old, about the the time they felt short-changed in the support area. Perhaps even treated with a bit of hostility or been on the receiving end of some underlying current of resentment from another female. We could probably fill pages and pages sharing our tales of woes: times when we needed the "cheer" only to be met with crickets. And how this left us feeling deeply bruised and that it felt mean spirited.
In thinking about this I remember something from a few years ago. I was on a work trip in Italy (fancy! - not really). It was the early part of March and I kept on noticing signs here and there celebrating Women's Day on March 8. I also noticed special bunches of bright yellow flowers around businesses, the Mimosa which is given to women in Italy to commemorate this day. They are shown below. Pretty!
But this idea that there is an International Women's Day has stayed with me since that trip, and after reading the social media post the other day, I decided to do some digging. Thank you Google and United Nations, I now have a better understanding of this Day.
Sharing from UN website:
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
So I have a new fondness for March 8! And, lots of ideas running around in my head for ways to reach out to one-another, to connect in a supportive and celebratory way because WE WOMEN ARE AMAZING. You, kind reader ARE AMAZING! We might need a small reminder now and then to have one-another's backs. For me, I have already noted March 8 with a star in my calendar. But until, please allow me to say that you are amazing!