Happy Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to spread awareness about important issues regarding women’s rights and a time to express female solidarity.

Pictured are chocolates one of my lovely friends in Torino gave me today, such a nice surprise. Even better was the time the three of us spent talking together this morning. I am grateful to the women I know and for the chance to inspire each other and be a part of each other’s lives.

The first Women’s Day was observed in 1909 in New York and was organized by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate the 1908 strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

I hadn’t heard about this holiday until I came to Italy. On the package of chocolates you can see a picture of a yellow mimosa. This plant is the traditional gift that men give to women in Italy on Women’s Day.

In some respects the holiday has become unpleasantly commercialized, with long lines of men queuing to buy obligatory flowers on the way home from work, condescending Women’s Day events in the workplace to “celebrate” women, and Women’s Day sales in stores. Last year, unbelievably, a jury in India was formed to appoint the 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising, but none were deemed important enough to be on the jury, which was comprised of nine middle-aged men.

There are other more significant ways to observe this day that are centered around advocacy of women’s issues and campaigning for gender equality in the workplace, with the ultimate goal of gender parity around the world.

The second part of this article provides many great tips. Please check it out.

The 2017 International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. For more information visit here.

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