International Women's Day grew out of the labour movement to become a UN-recognised annual event.
The seeds of it were planted in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote.
It was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman's Day, a year later.
For the International Women’s Day in 2017 the theme was to focus on “Women in the Changing World of Work”!
The internet and articles stated how we should focus on women’s empowerment and how strong women are needed within important roles of society.
For the International Women’s Day in 2018 though the theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives”.
This year, International Women's Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women's rights, equality and justice.
Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.
I have mixed emotions and can’t help feel that this year is a step back on lasts and think it’s appalling that we even have to be having these things addressed –
I’m stepping away from the headlines though and what the internet says about the day, I want to share what this day means to me and recognize some of the women I admire.
One of my best friends Holly who as a police telephone operator; was at work during the Manchester bombing on 22 May last year, who stayed on past her finishing time to take those distressing calls when people needed help the most.
The lovely Beccy – a young mother of two; no family history of breast cancer who was diagnosed with this awful disease and has endured gruelling chemo, all whilst maintaining the loveliest smile and positivity.
My mother – became a teenage mum at 15 and went on to create and nurture five well-rounded individuals!!
She is always there to offer support, encouragement and recently Facebook live laughs………..
My sister; a single mum pulling a double shift to two beautiful boys on ASD spectrum.
Not only an exceptional mother to her own boys but an amazing aunty to her nephews.
I believe that when something is personal to you and those around you, you are more emotionally involved and feel the effects more intricately.
Just being who we are is testament enough.
I thank all the women in my life for their strength, support and encouragement they show every single day!!
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