International Women’s Day is a day to reflect, appreciate, and inspire women all around the world to live out their fullest potential…whatever that may be.
What Is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.
According to the UN,
This year’s theme is Equality for Women is Progress for All.
“Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
The Woman In My Family I Admire Most
Actually, there’s not just one. It’s more of a legacy. I come from a generation of grandmothers who worked to take care of their children, after the death of a spouse or divorce. They worked, cared for their children, supported their grandchildren, were active in their community, and remained self-sufficient.
I am so thankful that I still have both of my grandmothers. They have been able to see me grow as a woman, wife, and mother.
My mother was a working mother. She took care of me on her own until meeting and marrying my stepfather and having my brother. She was always an example of how a woman could do it all.
Growing up in a two parent household, we always had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. My mom and dad worked, tag-teamed to make dinner, attended our extra-curricular activities and sporting events, took us on family vacations, and have been a constant presence in our lives.
I never felt slighted that my mother worked. In fact, I admired her dedication and commitment to jointly supporting her family alongside her husband.
Today I celebrate all of these women who took care of me, supported me, encouraged me, and inspired me.
I’m thankful that they have all been present to celebrate my high school graduation, college graduation, marriage, and experiences as mother.
International Women’s Day in the United States
It seems that International Women’s Day Celebrations are much more prevalent outside the United States.
Fortunately, we live in a country where we can work, get an education, get married, have children, vote in political elections, and just about anything else we want to do.
I am so thankful that I live in a country where the only limitations I have are the ones I place on myself. So, here’s to taking full advantage of every opportunity I have.
Thank you to all those who have come before…
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