Celebrate the Women in YOUR life throughout the Month of March (and throughout the year, of course!)

Post by Editorial Assistant Michelle Golden

March is HERstory month (also known as Women’s History Month) and what better way to commemorate us girls by having a whole day dedicated to women all over the world! Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Many informational events occur on this day (and throughout the entire month of March as well!) to remember the women who fought for our rights and who have made our life easier.  Women all over the world have done some really cool and amazing things that they should all be recognized for!

Girls, can you believe that this is the 100th anniversary of IWD and the existence of international women’s conferences? For a hundred years now organizations around the world select different themes for events and conferences which connect women of different color, race, religion, occupation, and education and reflect local and global gender issues. International Women’s Day is truly meant to inspire, empower, and unite women throughout the world and celebrate all of their achievements. It is known throughout history that women haven’t had it easy and their political, social, and economic efforts were, in the past, underappreciated (and, in many countries, still are!). Even in the U.S. this holds true too. Did you know that until as late as 1981 all Supreme Court justices were male? This changed when Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor. But still, there have been only four female Supreme Court justices in the entire history of the U.S.  Don’t you still think that more women should be appointed to government positions? 

So which female role model do you look up to? What fabulous and inspiring thing did you accomplish this year that you’re really proud of? Pat yourself on the back, girls, and let’s continue to make a difference in our own communities and in OUR world. As with Valentine’s Day, the goal is not to just show our love for women on this one day.  Let’s make EVERY day a women’s appreciation day!  Show your support for the women all over the world working to ensure an equal and intelligent future for young girls. 

If you’re in the Boston area some events planned for International Women’s Day include a breakfast at Simmons College focused on unequal treatment of incarcerated women. For more information go to: http://simmons.edu/overview/about/news/press/1005.php

For other educational and motivational Women’s History Month events such as the Luna Film festival, see also:

http://www.simmons.edu/blogs/300thefenway/2011/03/simmons-celebrates-womens-history-month.php?psrc=hmpg

There will be an all-day event hosted by the Women’s Information Network and Boston Women’s Network: http://internationalwomensday.org/boston. Buy your tickets now for only $35. The event will be located at 39 Dalton Street in Boston. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and Teen Voices encourages all teen girls to attend!

Interested in attending the 5th Annual Latina International Women’s Day Conference at the Massachusetts State House?  This event will take place on Friday March 11th, 2011  from 9-2pm. Please click here for more details: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/03/international-women%E2%80%99s-day/

In all, there are 1,480 events in 176 countries planned!  To search for IWD events in your country or state, go to: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/events.asp

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