International Women’s Day, remembering our pillars of strength

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her into hot water.”

At times the very backbones of their families and communities, women are pillars of strength. Pillars that refuse to fall apart in difficult times.

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. A day which reminds us of just how important women are in our lives.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually and is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights.

How was the day born?

The formation began after the Socialist Party of America organised a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York.

Then the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually.

After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. While initially celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries, the United Nations eventually adopted it in 1975.

While International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries, it is still largely ignored elsewhere. Despite not many people acknowledging the day, March 8 is a day which reminds us of the importance of promoting equality and just how big of a role women play in society.

As today is International Women’s Day, we look at three women who changed the world.

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)

Marie founded the science of radioactivity, even inventing the word. Her discoveries launched effective cures for cancer.

She is also the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, as well as the first person to win a second Nobel Prize and was the first female professor at the University of Paris.

Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005)

In 1955, Rosa Parks challenged racial segregation which existed in parts of the US, by refusing to give up her seat on a bus so that a white person could sit down. Her actions sparked the civil rights movement.

Through her refusing to move, African American people won equal rights in the US during the 1960s.

Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937)

Amelia Earhart is the first woman who flew across the Atlantic. Because of her bravery, she is an inspiration to women, daring them to pursue careers which are seen as male jobs.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, let us not forget what women have done in both the world and in our lives.

The Newcastillian wishes all a woman, a brilliant and happy day.

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