‘There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.’ – Michelle Obama
‘Well-behaved women seldom make history.’ – Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich
‘A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.’ – Irish Proverb
‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.’ – Simone De Beauvior
‘Don’t let anyone tell you you’re weak because you’re a woman.’ – Mary Kom
‘Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.’ – Oprah Winfrey
Today is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come in terms of women’s rights, and also to look ahead at how we can improve in the future. Whether it’s women’s suffrage, the invention of the contraceptive pill, or improvements in the developing world, there’s plenty to be happy about. It can’t pass without giving a huge thanks to the women that helped make that happen, though.
It also means we pay homage to the incredible women that have gone before us and brought forward women’s rights, whether that’s in terms of suffrage, professionally, or by changing attitudes. It’s celebrated every year on March 8, and it’s thought that the first one was held in New York. Back then, it was called National Woman’s Day, and celebrated for the first time on February 28, 1909.
In August 1910, at the International Socialist Women’s Conference, it was decided by the 100 delegates from 17 countries present that there needed to be a day to promote equal rights including votes for women. The following year, on March 19, over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland celebrated the cause and held protests for women’s rights. In the US, it was marked on the last Sunday in February.
In 1914, IWD was held on March 8, and in London Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak to a crowd in Trafalgar Square. Other countries continued to have their own celebrations (with China even making the day a public holiday) but it wasn’t until 1977, when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to observe March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace. The day is now a holiday in many countries including Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Today at Adonis Flower Designers we are celebrating International Women’s Day by creating beautiful arrangements that are being delivered all over Dublin to wonderful women, from 120 single roses, one for each Fabulous Woman in an International Corporate environment to elegant functions held in honour of International Women’s Day. The lovely Mark made cake and we will raise our teacups and eat cake in solidarity with all women we know and love and have yet to meet.