International women’s day

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Frida Kahlo, painter

▽ Happy women’s day ladies!

Today is the day during which we commemorate women’s achievements throughout the years and it is also a day to remember what you bring to this world.

Remember that you are beautiful. You can achieve anything you ever wanted if you work hard enough. You can defend yourself and your rights and you should stand up for all human beings around the globe.

Most importantly, remember that being a feminist is not only about fighting for women, but it is fighting for justice, equality and peace on all levels. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask every single one of you to donate to a humanitarian cause to help women and people in need worldwide as justice can only be achieved through love and solidarity, in the same way that we expect our governments to give more rights to our gender.

We can keep thinking that with a bit of karma, luck and persistence, maybe next year tampons will not be taxed anymore, but there is no real way of knowing that or even changing it. What we can change is sending 10 or 20 quid to children who don’t have a roof over their heads or to women who don’t have access to sanitary pads.

Remember that your brain is your biggest tool, that you are smart, creative and interesting. Remember that a book – whether you read it or write it, a painting – whether you look at it or paint it, a song – whether you listen to it or write it, are what can help define you. Your creations will stay on this earth long after you are gone.

So help someone, create something, and more importantly, love everyone.

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▽ My role models

The image above show the women who have been an inspiration to me throughout my life: Meryl Streep the multifaceted actress, Emma Thompson the comic, Angelina Jolie the humanitarian, Coco Chanel the designer, Shami Chakrabarti the barrister, Maya Angelou the author, poet and activist, Malala the survivor, Diana Vreeland the original Empress of Fashion and Lucie Rie the artist/potter.

▽ IWD: the history

The roots of International Women’s day can be traced to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. 

In 1910, a woman called Clara Zetkin – leader of the ‘women’s office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany – suggested that every country should celebrate women on one day every year to push for their demands.

A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed to and IWD was formed. In 1911, it was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19.

In 1913, it was decided to transfer IWD to March 8, and it has been celebrated on that day ever since. The day was only recognised by the United Nations in 1975.

This is the 105th IWD to date.

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