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Happy International Women's Day!

March 08, 2019
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“Here’s to strong women: may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” – Unknown

What is International Women’s Day?

  • The first International Women’s Day gathering was in 1911 and it is now celebrated in over 100 countries – and is even a national holiday in some.
  • 1975 was titled International Women’s Year, and it was also the year that the United Nations chose March 8th as the day to recognize International Women’s Day.
  • International Women’s Day is a collective day and not attributed to one government, charity, corporation or academic institution.
  • International Women’s Day does not look the same in every country but in the United States recognizes the rights of women and their work.

Did you know…

  • Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903.
  • A 43-year-old female schoolteacher was the first person ever to ride over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel.
  • Women first began to wear heels in order to imitate men, who started donning high heels in the 1600s as a sign of their masculinity and status.
  • The nearer a mother lives to the equator, the more likely she is to give birth to a baby girl as opposed to a baby boy.
  • Virne Mitchell, the first female professional baseball player, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

How can you commemorate International Women’s Day?

  • Support a local women’s charity or support center, such as the Women’s Center of Wake County, Dress For Success, or The Helen Wright Center.
  • Learn more about the admirable women that have changed the course of history. Here are a few to get you started:
    • Katherine Switzer – first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered runner. Women were not officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon until 1972.
    • Margaret Hamilton – created the term “software engineer”. She also wrote code for the command and lunar modules used on the Apollo mission in the late 1960s and early 70s.
    • Sarah Breedlove – One of the first female self-made millionaires.
    • Stephanie Kwolek – made an unexpected discovery that led to the creation of Kevlar.
    • Sybil Ludington – American Revolutionary War heroine.
    • Ida B. Wells – Investigative journalist, educator, early leader in the Civil Rights Movement and co-founder of the NAACP.
  • Honor and recognize women in your own life that you admire by sending a card, giving a gift or reaching out with a phone call. Let them know why you find them admirable!

“Every women’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams



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