Happy International Women’s Day!
I love this holiday! What a great way to honor and acknowledge women all over the world. IWD celebrates women and girls, no matter their religion, nationality, income level or marital status. Many countries have declared it a national holiday (not the United States, although we have designated the whole month of March as Women’s History Month). In some countries it has gained the status of Mother’s Day, where children give small gifts to their mothers and grandmothers and men honor the women in their lives with flowers and gifts of appreciation.
International Women’s Day has a long history. It was originally organized by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate the strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union in 1908. That year 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, higher wages and voting rights. You go girls! The United Nations has declared it a holiday that promotes women’s rights, global peace and gender equality. Every year on March 8 there are thousands of events worldwide to inspire women, celebrate their achievements, and continue to fight for gender equality.
International Women’s Day fits in perfectly with the mission of the Women’s Peace Collection. As I pondered how to celebrate this day in our own small way I decided to donate a percentage of our sales to one of my all time favorite organizations that helps women across the globe: Dining for Women. In my small town in Western Massachusetts we have a very active chapter of DFW. Here’s how it works: each month DFW features an international program that supports a women’s issue. Chapters all over the country hold potluck gatherings and the idea is that each participant donates roughly what they would spend going out to dinner to the featured program. The featured programs work with educating girls, teaching women skills, helping develop a market for artisan products, fighting gender inequality, providing access to better healthcare, and much, much more!
Dining for Women’s motto is this: “Changing the world, one woman, one girl, one dinner at time.” Please help us change the world - your children, mothers and grandmothers across the globe will be so grateful!
(Read more about Dining for Women at: www.diningforwomen.org).