Just one more reason it’s awesome to be a woman: We get an entire day in our honor. That’s right. International Women’s Day is an actual thing, and it’s happening this Sunday, March 8. But before you write this holiday off and lump it in with the National Pancake Days of the world, take a moment to consider the history behind this observed day—which by the way is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, Russia, China and Cuba in addition to many other countries.
International Women’s Day started in 1911, when women still didn’t have the right to vote and they were fighting for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. At a 1910 International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, a (brilliant) woman named Clara Zetkin threw out the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day—a Women’s Day—to “press for their demands.” The conference of over 100 women unanimously approved (naturally) and International Women’s Day was born.
So you see, Women’s Day is about more than being pretty and awesome and always right. To us, the significance behind International Women’s Day lies in what it represents: Our past, our present and more importantly, our future. We’ve come a long way since 1911 and we have a lot to celebrate. But there’s still a lot of work to be done across the globe.
LIFE Line started in Kenya in 2008 with a small group of mothers who have children with special needs. LIFE Line taught these women sew, empowering them to earn an income for their families. Since then, it’s has grown to employ more than 400 women.
We like to think that, in our own small way, we’re doing our part to honor the spirit of International Women’s Day. And we hope you will too, whether it’s by shopping the Zazzle Heart Collection, giving your mom a big hug, or donating to the women’s cause of your choice.
Happy International Women’s Day!