Two weeks ago I was totally oblivious to the significance of the 8th of March, a day that has been celebrated for over 100 years across the globe. This day is known as International Women’s Day, a day set aside each year to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The sad reality is that this day is not as publicised as other holidays like Mothers Day, Fathers Day or even Valentines Day. However, as strong women (and men), we won’t let that get us down. Instead we will do our bit to get the word out there and celebrate our fellow ladies!
Did you know that New Zealand paved the way for women rights by becoming the first country to introduce univeral suffrage (the right to vote) in 1893. We can thank Kate Sheppard for this who appears on the New Zealand ten- dollar note #girlpower.
Let’s face it, the world wouldn’t be as colourful as it is today without the presence of beautiful ladies like yourselves. Women in every form help us grow and flourish, from our mothers who prepare delicious meals every day, to our older sisters who guide us on what NOT to wear when dressing for a first date, or the wives who help balance families and a career. Today is all about telling the women in your lives how much we care, love and respect them.
Where ever you are, raise a glass and let’s honor the milestones we have achieved as women, from New Zealand becoming the first country in the world where women had the right to vote in national elections 1893, to our first elected female prime minister, Helen Clark in 1999 and to many more milestones to come.