WIT :: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

from Wikipedia

I never knew about this because I am an ostrich.

I am not one for current events, for strong political leanings, for social conscience. I am rarely moved to action or passion. My personal manifesto is strongly tethered to the 80s/Gen X mentality. I am a selfish, self-absorbed, what’s-in-it-for-me, materialistic human being.

But I’m open to change. I’m not averse to self-improvement. I can listen. I can learn. I can be influenced by well-presented information.

In honor of International Women’s Day and in support of several of my fellow style bloggers, I present you this video and a link and the hope that you can feel the same way I do.

Learn more @ Putting Me Together/Sister India.

Do more @ International Women’s Day 2014.

Why not, America?

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10 thoughts on “WIT :: International Women’s Day

  1. Interesting, I’ve only ever earned a tiny bit and am unlikely to ever make money or anything of myself but I’ve always paid in time, effort, energy, money and anything material I’ve had. I thought about posting about this day yesterday but as much as I care, I’ve realized over the years that I don’t like many I care for. Goodness and kindness can be separate, I’m always both to people until I know about them.

    There’s an old Indian philosophy and thus far I’m the only one I’ve ever met or heard of to practice it. Approx 1/4 of all earnings/owned to tax intended for the good of the community, 1/4 charity, 1/4 family, 1/4 yourself. Forgive me if I sound cool, it’s just the more I give/do/express the more I’m hated, the less I have the more I’m hated. I leave posts like this to those who would obviously not find themselves in that position whilst I continue to live by example and as a part of hell.

    • I’m trying to find an archive from a charity I came across some time ago, they had many eye opening and tragic reports worth keeping (which I did but then couldn’t access the harddrive) and reading for reference and starting points for research. All kinds of horrific things kept hushed up by organizations and institutions. One was about plantations for Coca-cola and how prostitutes and random women and children were forced to go there to service the very many workers and the doctors who ‘looked after’ them kept mostly quiet to keep their jobs. Never drank that disgusting drink again, but then so many companies, particularly parent companies and hence their child companies are on my boycott list it’s bloody helpful that I forage and make things from scratch.

      When/if I find it I’ll pass it on for those here really interested in being better and not having to be professionally convinced by those already suffering and who don’t need to to wait further or jump through hoops to have their situations brought to light and believed or cared enough about – though the reports and investigations are well documented.

    • No forgiveness required. However, I seem to have hit a nerve. Care to elucidate? Have people been on you about your beliefs? If so, lemme at ’em! I’ve got your back, girl!

      And I hope I didn’t come across as proselytizing or preachy. I honestly just felt guilty reading about International Women’s Day on another blog and not knowing about it before then. I was actually gonna post an HGB about tea today then switched it out at the last minute. I’m sorry if I offended. 😦

      • I don’t denigrate to forum/post squabbling any more 🙂 so no there’s no petty arguments about my beliefs. Full on life orchestration is more on the mark, you don’t want to be on the receiving end of that though perhaps as a teacher you may have come across things like a US equivalent of Common Purpose.

        Anyway, you haven’t offended – it’s nice you posted about it so that it spreads to others who would have otherwise been blissfully ignorant of such important markers. I just hope it’s more than a one day affair.

  2. I’m a lot like you, rarely moved to action or passion. And I only found out about International Women’s Day because of Google’s doodle. Thanks for posting this video – I need to do better to help other women.

    • To be frank, I barely found out about it after reading Audrey @ Putting Me Together’s post. Don’t sweat it – we all have our ways of helping. I’d like to think being a teacher and role model to teens is my doing my part.

  3. You brat! You made me cry! You should try kiva.org. You can pick a person to loan $25 for a project to make them self-sufficient. It’s like internet dating, only spreading kindness in a way that you can see the results. I am going to have my kids do it this summer, I think.

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