The International Women's Day was established in 1910 during the World Conference on Women held in Denmark and recognized by the United Nations in 1975.
On the 8th of March 1857 United States textile workers went on strike , occupying the factory and requesting changes including a 10 hours day instead of the usual 16 hours.
These workers, all women, received less than one third of men wages. Closed in the factory, they started a fire resulting in 130 of them burned alive.
The Women's Trade Union League was created in 1903, an association with the objective of helping all workers to demand better working conditions. Only five years later, over 14 thousand women marched in the streets protesting for the very same reason the workers did in 1857 and claimed the right to vote.
Their slogan became bread and roses to symbolize the stability of the economy and the roses, a better quality of life for all!
On the 8th of March let's remember these courageous ladies whilst not forgetting the many women around the world who are still asking for bread and roses!
Together Women around the World can make a difference! Let not one go hungry in spirit as well as in body!
The Great Depression was a very hard time for everyone but for women especially!
Today if you are a woman, I believe the world can be yours...if you are bold enough to take it of course! Women all over the world tirelessly juggle multiple jobs everyday to serve many constituencies such as family, employees, clients, community and all with as much energy, love and grace anyone can muster.The French author Simone de Beauvoir wrote: "One is not born a woman, one becomes a woman." I would not call myself a feminist but I agree with her statement.
I also believe we each have to balance choice with obligation. Not an easy task!
In reflection I remember wishing many times to have the opportunity, the courage and the stamina to be a better woman. Then again, perhaps it is in someone else hands and it remains for me to remember everyday how blessed I am.
Proverbs 31 - The Portrait of a Godly Woman is still my choice!
Let's stand and TOGETHER make this a better world for all!
Reflections on just being Me, a Woman!