Today was International Women's day and I am a woman so I've been celebrating being one, but what is it really all about?
Well according to www.internationalwomensday.com International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The website is really interesting, it has a timeline referring to the history of how the rights of women have changed over the years and really does make an interesting read.
Personally for me I've been going around all day with the song ' I am Woman' by Helen Reddy in my head. It's such an uplifting 'punch your hand in the air' girl power song. The lyrics are brilliant and can be found at www.metrolyrics.com/i-am-woman-lyrics-helen-reddy.html
I love the fact that according to Ray Burton and Helen Reddy, the songwriters 'I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman' and also that I am 'still an embryo, with a long long way to go until I make my brother understand' which is very appropriate for today. I do consider myself to have a long way to go, as a woman, every day is a new day and another one to educate ourselves. I appreciate the sacrifices others have made to give me the rights I have today but there will be always more to improve on.
This song also reminded me off Sex and the City as it featured in the second movie. The series told of four women in New York and their story through life's little adventures involving work, love, sex, health and family. It's one of those programmes that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Four very different and strong women, but then that got me thinking about other strong inspirational women. There are so many but here are my Top 5:
JK Rowling - most famous for being the author of the 'Harry Potter' series but more so by overcoming domestic abuse, depression and as a single mum living on benefits she pushed through all this and found the encouragement she needed to write one of the most successful series of novels of all time.
Temple Grandin - world renowned spokesperson in the world of Autism. She was one of the first to talk publicly about her own life living with Autism. If you haven't read her books you really need to as they are very interesting. A true inspiration. For more information you can find Temple at www.templegrandin.com
Diana Princess of Wales - A beautiful inspirational woman who lives on through her sons. I never considered myself a huge royalist but through all her struggles she left a massive impression on me. She was the rebel of the the royals, and I liked that she fought for her own individuality and was loved by so many. Very sadly missed but will always remain an icon for many women.
Nicola Adams - the first woman to win an olympic title in boxing. I watched her in the Olympics, she was just so exciting to watch, you could see that it was her dream and she has worked so hard to make it come true. Now a professional boxer I just feel she is an inspiration to so many young women who have an aspiration to do something different and succeed, she definitely shows the way. This also applies to our women's football teams too as both these sports were seen as mainly male dominated but now it's on the change. I'm gonna say it..... the girls play better football Go girls!!
and the final woman that inspires me the most and has done all my life is:
My Mum - this woman has been there through all my ups and downs and never ceases to amaze me with her logical outlook on life. Her continued support is so appreciated and I love her more than words can say. You always wait for a moment when you hope that you made your parents proud and my moment was with the birth of my boys. I wasn't very good looking after my dolls you see and I think it was a main concern when I became pregnant for the first time. After not bothering to dress 'Tiny Tear's and feeding her for days I could see the worry in my mums eyes when I aired those normal, first time mum concerns such as 'will I know when to change a nappy' and 'will I know when my baby will want feeding'. It all worked out ok and my boys are healthy 14 and 16 year olds now, so I think I did good. If I am half the mum my mum is then I'm happy and very proud to be her daughter.
So we are women hear us roar!! And we will continue to roar for many years.
I hope my fellow ladies had a great day.....catch you for more tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.....
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