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.
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.