International Women’s Day

March 7th, 2011
Steven Howard

100th International Women's Day

Tomorrow (March 8th) marks the 100th International Women's Day.

Founded at a conference of activist women in Copenhagen in 1910 and first held in March 1911, International Women's Day is a global day aimed at celebrating the social, political and economic achievements of women.

What can you do in conjunction with International Women's Day?

Here are a few ideas:

SCHOOLS — celebrate the life story of any woman who could be an inspiration to both your male and female students. Or simply ask each class to list the 10 most inspiring or famous they know. Have a discussion on why these women are famous or inspirational.

PARENTS — this is a good day to remind your male children that boys never hit girls and that men are never to hit women.

BUSINESSES — give surprises to some of your female customers today and tell them "thank you" for being mothers, daughters, sisters and women.

EVERYBODY — make a small contribution to a charity of your choice that will help to alleviate poverty and illiteracy amongst women. (Statistics show that 70% of the world's poor are women and that 65% of the estimated 780 people around the globe who cannot read are women.) If everybody donated the price of their favorite cup of coffee, or one fast-food menu item, a large influx of funds would be received by organizations working to end these situations.

What else can you think of? Please leave your ideas in the comments box below.

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