Women’s Health and Beauty – International Women’s Day!
I wanted to comment this year on the ultimate culmination of women’s health and beauty, International Women’s Day, March 8.
The world will celebrate with extensive global women’s activities. The first international women’s day events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million people. One hundred years on International Women’s Day (IWD) has become a global mainstream phenomenon celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries.
The official website for IWD is http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.
While women’s health advice is a big part of IWD, the history of it is rooted in political expression. The first IWD, Wikipedia says, “was observed on March 19, 1911 in Germany, following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international women’s day was first put forward at the turn of the 20thCentury amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.”
On May 8, 1965, by the decree of the USSR Presidium, International Women’s Day in the Supreme Soviet Union was declared as the first actual holiday and a non-working day in the USSR. Wikipedia says this was “in commemoration of the outstanding merits of soviet women in communistic construction.”
Most recently, social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube have fueled International Women’s Day activities and become a bonanza for women’s health and beauty advice, tips, and marketing campaigns. The day has moved from its socialist suffragette beginnings to become more mainstream in celebrating women’s achievements.
Leaders, like Marianne Williamson, Lindsey Wagner, Ricki Lake, Lynne McTaggert, Rickie Byars Beckwith, and Marci Shimoff will host over 50 interactive conference calls during March to celebrate International Women’s Day and International Women’s Month.
One of the tenants of IWD, is to honor the oldest living woman you know. The challenge is to get in touch with her during the week – give her a call or, better yet, pay a personal visit. Perhaps visit with flowers or a card and ask her to relate to you what her life was like as a woman when she was young. It is said, upon the shoulders of these foremothers we all stand today as they cannot be recognized enough.
As we progress into the 20thCentury, the International Red Cross has become increasingly involved, drawing attention to the conflicts displaced women endure. The displacement of entire populations is a result of the many global armed conflicts affecting the world today. International Humanitarian Law is being lobbied to include specific provisions of protecting women, especially if they are pregnant or mothers of young children.
In many countries, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. Women also get gifts from their employers, and school children bring gifts for their teachers. It’s up to each of us to celebrate the uniqueness and blessing of being a woman; which sites like Always New You can do by communicating women’s health and beauty advice globally.