Editors’ Inspiration: International Women’s Day
By Debbie Hauss, Kim Zimmermann and Alicia Fiorletta
About a week ago I came across an email promoting International Women’s Day (IWD) (which is March 8), and I was inspired to share my thoughts on a woman in retail that has had a meaningful impact on the world (in my humble opinion). Then I was inspired to invite our two other female editors to share their thoughts on this topic. Below you’ll find some stories about a few women who have been personal inspirations to the three of us.
During this process I also learned a lot about IWD, which I was not aware of. Here’s a quick overview of the annual event:
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. IWD has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honoring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc. with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.