International Women’s Day
Joanie Chevalier

Womens Day

When researching International Women’s Day, I was surprised to learn that the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in 1909. This observation was in honor of the women protesting against working conditions in the garment industry and for organizing a strike in 1908. Wow, what a time to be a woman! To have been able to be involved on this day would have been both exhilarating and scary.

In 1975, the UN began celebrating International Women’s Day and in 1977 proclaimed March 8th as the official date of celebrating women’s rights, equality, and what women contribute.

What is the purpose of International Women’s Day? I am thoroughly thankful for all the courageous women who participated in the early years. Today’s theme is more about celebrating and promoting women, and their touch upon our world, whether it’s in the arts, sciences, health, tech innovations, etc. On the International Women’s Day website, it’s “Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility…”

Being a huge reader, and an author, I, of course, gravitate to celebrating women authors. On the 2020 International Women’s Day website, they are celebrating women authors inspiring success and challenging world views and  women breaking literary conventions to tell a different tale of womanhood.” Check both of these links out because what you will find is inspiration. 

What I think about on International Women’s Day are the women authors I have met over the years. They are not only creative but inspirational and helpful too. Personally, I have not met a woman author who is not willing to help other authors market, by sharing their posts on Facebook, or retweeting on Twitter. They collaborate together, they read and review, critique each other’s stories, and they encourage by celebrating successes. I just can’t say enough about these authors. I call many friends now, and I know you’re dying to know who I’m talking about, but to list names would only hurt the ones I leave out, not due to their lack of talent, but due to my memory. And to list some here would only omit the many great authors I’ll be meeting in the future! I am confident these women know who they are. :o)

My heartfelt thank you to all of my women friends, whatever your goals, and whatever walk of life you choose to take. You inspire me every day. Watching you persevere to success inspires me to keep going, follow my dreams, and never give up. I love each and every one of you. 

“So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can
to truly
make a positive difference for women.”
International Women’s Day



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