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Celebrate International Women’s Day: March 8th, 2014

On Saturday March 8, men and women all over the world celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s and in some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is even a national holiday. In some countries, it is treated like Mother’s Day with children giving small gifts and flowers to their Mother’s and Grandmothers.

6e4f06f31c0657a41cbf8ff2e9cd0ec3This year’s theme is “Equality for women is progress for all” and emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development.

Here are some ways YOU can get involved in International Women’s Day.

  • Attend an IWD event
    Search here for local events.
  • Reach out to important women in your life
    Draw a picture or write a letter to someone who has had a positive impact on your life. It could be your Mom, Teacher or Friend.
  • Get involved in a local women specific organization:
    McCauley House
    Women’s Center RI
    Big Sisters RI
    Girls on the Run RI
  • Watch a movie or read a book about important and inspirational women
    Some of our favorites are:
    Whale Rider
    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    A League of their Own
    Little Women
    The Sound of Music
    Twenty Feet from Stardom
  • Dinner table discussion
    Who are the important women in your life and why?
    What are some ways life can be hard for women around the world?
    What changes would you make for women?

Important women you could mention are:

Mother Teresa
Oprah Winfrey
J.K.Rowling
Marie Curie
Eleanor Roosevelt
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Amelia Earhart
Malala Yousafzai

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Written by Suzanne Cadge