Today is International Women’s Day and although we are all posting pictures and quotes to empower women I wanted to investigate the history behind the day.
I found out that it is celebrated on the 8th March every year to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. In August 1910, an International Socialist Women’s Conference was held in Denmark. Inspired by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual Women’s Day, however no date was set at the conference. In 1914 International Women’s Day was held on the 8th March, they think it is because it was a Sunday and now it is held every year on March 8th in all countries.
Each year there is a different theme to the day. In 2011 events took place in more than 100 countries to commemorate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In the United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark IWD by reflecting on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping the country’s history. This year the theme is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’.
Recently I have had so much support from women who are also in the fitness industry, they are encouraging me to try new classes and explore new business ventures. I have faced a few challenges as a Female Massage Therapist and I feel these challenges have only fuelled me to do even more and become the best Therapist I can be. We all need to stick together, respect one another and support each other. We are all on the same mission and we will get there faster if we work together.