Sunday, February 8, 2009

International Women's Day

"All I was trying to do was get home from work."
Rosa Parks

I received a bulletin from Women to Women International announcing the upcoming International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8, 2009. According to the information, IWD "is a time for women around the world join together in celebration of the intelligence, strength, courage and beauty of women. Since it's inception IWD has been a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world without regard to their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political differences."

Personally I've never heard of this day but in doing some research I find it has been celebrated for almost 100 years. The very first IWD was held on March 19, 1911. March 19. Hmmmm. That date sounds familiar!

Women to Women International suggests that individuals hold local events to celebrate women and to the raise awareness of the global food crisis. So I got thinking. I'm a woman. Why not host some kind of an Internet IWD/Merry ME birthday celebration?

How does this sound? In the next month be thinking about a special woman who has made an impact on your life, or in your world. It could be your mother, your aunt, or your daughter. It could be a friend, a teacher, or a co-worker. Maybe it's the clerk at the grocery store who always remembers your name and never puts the bread on the bottom of the bag; or a woman you know who is battling breast cancer but still manages to volunteer at her child's grade school. Maybe it's the angel who came into your life when you needed her most then seemed to vanish when you were back on your feet. I believe each of us knows someone we could write about.

I'll use my blog as a place to collect your tributes. On March 8th just leave a woman's name and a little something about her and you picked her in the comment section. Spread the word, if you have your own blog keep the party going.

Be thinking it about it. I'll give you a reminder between now and then. I'm excited! Hope you'll join in the celebration.

Here's to women the world over and you too,
Merry ME

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terri st. cloud said...

oh, i am so in on this!
gonna be thinking and thinking and thinking! and i'll try to send
people this way too!

what a great idea!
thanks, woman!
you add so much to the world!

The Lightspeakers said...

I too had never heard of this, I won't waste the time to wonder why, instead I'll be sure to come back here to contribute that day.
I'm also committing to publishing something about this on my own blog that day.

JoyZAChoice said...

Mary, I just heard about your beautiful idea from Terri...and I'm so thrilled! Some time ago, while in Italy (my first time)..I was there for 'La Dia di Dona' (the day of the woman)...and it was then I learned of this tradition. So it's wonderful that American women are getting tuned into this celebration. Thanks for sharing...and for giving us a place to post our 'favorite lady'. Blessings & Hugs~
Camille Olivia

Anonymous said...

Terri St. Cloud is not only my cousin, but my best friend. If anyone in this world deserves a tribute, it is Terri. As an artist, and as a beautiful soul, she touches people in a way that is truly amazing. She radiates joy, love, compassion and generosity to everyone she meets, and through her artwork and “bonesigh” poems, she reaches into other people’s souls and heals their hearts. In addition to helping others in this way, she is one of the most courageous, intelligent and beautiful women I know. She tells her story so she can help others find their way from the dark depths of despair into the light. She has a heart as big as the universe and is filled with wisdom and compassion, even for those who have stomped on her own heart, and left it to bleed. She has also raised three amazing boys and is the best mom I’ve ever seen. Terri is the epitome of a life lived large, and I’m so very proud of her, and blessed to have her in my life, as are so many others who are fortunate enough to be touched by her beautiful spirit. She is my inspiration to be a better person, she is a supreme example of love in action. Terri, I salute you on International Women’s Day! You deserve it more than any woman I know. Love you!