Today is International Women’s Day. I didn’t hear much about it in the United States aside from an article in The Christian Science Monitor. I suppose since women in the US and other western nations have long benefited from advances in health care, education, and opportunity, we may tend to take this celebration for granted.
The first celebration was held in 1911 in four European countries. The idea didn’t catch on in the US until the 1970s, when in 1975 the United Nations named March 8 the official date.
According to the official website, today “is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.”
There is still much work to be done around the world to ensure that all women have access to the basic necessities of life, including safety, shelter, nutrition, education, and economic opportunity. Click here to read today’s post from ELCA missionaries Deborah and Joe Troester, who live and work in the Central African Republic.
Here in the US, young women face tremendous pressure from the media to be beautiful, popular, and cool. Click here to watch an excellent short (2.11 minutes) video about how media consumption is a powerful influence on teenage girls. I encourage you to take the time to watch this video and share it with others.
Finally, be sure to thank the women in your life who have made a difference. Thank your mother, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, and friends. Let them know you care, and tell them how special they really are. After all, if it wasn’t for a woman carrying you around for nine months, you wouldn’t be here today. Thanks, mom!
Lent 40/40/40 Challenge Update
Today, I want to say thank you to all the women who have made a difference in my life. You are too numerous to name, but your influence, love, friendship, nurture, and support have had a profound impact on the person I am today. Whether I have known you one year or 50, you mean a lot! Thank you.
Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, I am giving away my copy of Anne Lamott’s delightful book Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. Lamott is honest, engaging, occasionally snarky, and endowed with a quick wit. Leave a comment (preferably acknowledging a woman who has made a difference in your life), and I will select a random winner on Sunday.
I am thankful for a wonderful walk with my spouse and the dogs today. It was so warm I wore shorts!
Photo by Koshyk used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!