March 08th~International Women's day 2014.

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March 08th is International Women's Day, and acknowledged throughout the world as a celebration and appreciation of all women, and what they have achieved through economic and social change. It is also a day to pause and celebrate and venerate the woman within...

International Women's Day..

Every year on March 08th, a celebration occurs across the world to honour International Women's Day, and in many countries women unite in one cause for equality and social awareness, which regrettably, in some countries are still being hard-fought for even now in the 21st Century.
Why has it taken so long for women to be acknowledged, and how did this celebration begin? I was curious, and being a woman, and not particularly politically minded, I wanted to look further into the this event that caused social change and what I found enlightened me more than I thought possible..

Women~The Life-creator..

Women are amazing, but sometimes we forget to acknowledge that fact, so I'm hoping that this article will remind both women and the men in our lives, just how amazing we can be..

We are life-creators, ok, I admit that technically the man has to play his part in this bit too, but it is the woman who can create and nurture life inside her body. I have no doubt that it is something any men reading this are grateful they don't have to go through...After all, how would you cope with morning sickness and all the other somewhat dubious 'joys' as your body changes to support the new life growing within it?
I can almost feel you squirming as you read this guys. I'm not getting at you, for the part you play is vital, and we wouldn't be without you, but as a life-creator, we understand the importance of nurturing the child within.

We are natural care-givers, and once that child has entered the world, we are protective throughout his/her life. We are supportive and can endlessly multi-task. Most women nowadays have little option but to seek employment however limited it may be due to economic recession, but we try to play our part even though it may mean having the skill of a circus performer as we try to juggle the home, children, wifely duties and employment demands.

Women and Employment.

It was in Employment that women began to bring about a social awareness. Often badly paid, and working in intolerable and sometimes dangerous conditions, they began to feel the need to have a voice that would unite them, and bring about social improvements. That first female voice was raised in the early part of the 1900's.
There was general unrest at the oppression women faced, and it fanned the spark into a flame, soon taken up by the creation of the Suffragette Movement, where women fought for better working hours, increased pay and for the right to vote and be heard.
The old order dominated by the men of their day, were rocked to the core at this social revolution lead by the so called 'fairer sex'. Where had the meek, mild and obedient woman gone, and who had put this demanding Jezebel in her place? The world had obviously gone mad!

In March, 1857, women took a stand as a united front, demanding a ten hour day, better working conditions and equal rights. The police broke up their ranks and dispersed the crowd. Undaunted, women rose up again in 1907, citing the march was about the abolition of child labour and sweatshops..Once again it was quelled by the force of the law.
In 1910, a German Socialist called Clara Zetkin, proposed that March 08th, should be officially known as International Women's Day, a Socialist movement honouring women the world over for their struggle and tenaciousness in getting their voices heard, and in recognition of those who had gone before.
Change can be painfully slow and progress even slower, but in 1913 Clara finally got her wish, and March 08th has remained International Women's Day ever since.

Women And Their Place In History..

March 08th, began more as a political and social movement, but over time it is now seen as a celebration of Womanhood and their achievements in general.

The two World Wars brought about great change, and for the first time, women had to take on the tasks generally reserved for men, as the soldiers left their womenfolk behind so they could go into battle. It was a huge social upheaval, and when women realised that they could do so much more than just be tied to the kitchen sink, they revelled in the freedom and power it brought in its wake.
Once opened, Pandora's Box could never really be closed again. The men, what few did return from the front, came home to a very different world than the one they had left behind.

Throughout history there have been powerful women, and each woman in her own way has brought about change. The International Women's Day has been sponsored by United Nations since 1975, and celebrates the far reaching effect women have had throughout time up to the present day. Every year it gains strength and support as women across the globe acknowledge the unity that binds them together as they fight for equality, and social and economic awareness.

She can be inspirational, supportive, strong, tireless, nurturing, practical, the list is endless, and be she a Mother, Wife, Girlfriend or Sister, each and every woman leaves her mark on the world.

Today in many countries March 08th is a holiday and a cultural event to celebrate. Gifts are often exchanged between loved ones as recognition of what women have brought to the family unit and also to the march of progress at large.. This gift-giving is now more associated with Valentine's day and or Mothering Sunday where mothers, girlfriends or wives are given tokens of love and appreciation to show they are valued.
March 08th is also her day, wherever and whoever she may be.

Female Inventors Who Helped Change The World.

It wasn't just men who could invent technology, as women in history also proved to be incredibly practical and creative too as this brief list reveals:


These are just a few of the many inventions created and patented by women, and all in their own way helped change the world we live in. Did I happen to mention that women were amazing?

The 2014 United Nations theme for International Women's Day is "Equality for women is progress for all".

"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

So there you have it folks, why not give that special woman in your life a hug and a smile just to show you acknowledge the important part she plays in the world, and ladies, that woman looking back at you from the mirror may be the face you have always known, but believe me, she is also totally unique. She is strong, She is invincible, She is Woman.

To women everywhere..Happy International Women's Day, because you are worth celebrating.

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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks for your post Lady A but I swear that it was longer than my article, and though I accept you have had a difficult time in your past, I am not a counselling service either, so excuse me for deleting it, but I really didn't think it was appropriate to stay on my page.

I do welcome your comments my friend, but do you think you could moderate them just a little next time..? Thanks for looking in on me though Lady A..\0/x

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for your lovely comment in moderation notes Steve, and for my Star merit..Glad you enjoyed. \0/xxx

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Mar 2014 (#)

What a great celebration... a remarkable page, both fun and inspiring and most educational...you make us all feel proud...thanks songbird...:0) phasing back now- moon-waking to Helen Reddy's I am Woman...LOL fantastic...!

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author avatar Mariah
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Bev..I'm on my feet here.. warming applauding this outstanding tribute to female solidarity and inner strength .such an inspirational and soul touching salute to women everywhere..'The arms of the angels'..that was my dedicated song to my dear friend Sandra who passed away, aged 50, in 2011..thank you from the bottom of my heart..you are an absolutely terrific writer and one hell of a woman Bev..
to you.. my dear and treasured friend.. always..xxxx

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

I thought that video was a classic with the text and music Mariah, and I must admit it brought me to tears, so I can understand the emotional pull it has on your heart dear friend. I have never really thought about this day before, but I'm glad I took the opportunity to write this to celebrate it and bring it more to others attention. Bless your heart for such warm and appreciative feedback sweetheart. Hugs to you xxx\0/

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Hello Delicia, I am so glad you liked this. I really hadn't realised that International Women's day was upon us until really late, and actually stayed up all night to write this to go in on time! LOL.. I just love and adore Helen Reddy's song and funny enough that was the one song that came straight in to my head when I thought about writing this page.
Women are pretty amazing, and I hope that came across in my article. We Rock!!! LOL..Hugs to your heart..\0/xxx

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Mar 2014 (#)

nice dedication to women everywhere...thank you...

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Hi Carolan, for all our faults, I think women are pretty amazing.. Nice to catch you here on my page..Thank you for looking in on me..\0/xxx

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Shucks! I'm sure I knew this, but like a lot of other "less famous" holidays, this one passed by w/o my notice. Thanks for reminding me -- and for a quality article.

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl..It almost passed my by too, so you are not alone! Glad you enjoyed the read though..\0/xxx

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author avatar wonder
9th Mar 2014 (#)

A very inspirational writing, so many things to learn about.There is still a long way to go...

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

That is so true wonder! The more I write the more I gain knowledge, and that is a gift..I just love researching things like this.. Thanks for dropping by..\0/xxx

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author avatar richardpeeej
9th Mar 2014 (#)

What a very interesting article to read, Songbird B, presented in dedication to all women no matter where they are in the world. Written in your own unique style with patches of humour.
Your feature is well worthy of a star merit for all the work that you have put into it. X :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Ah bless you Rich! I didn't want it to be too heavy as I am not a political beast at the best of times, but hope that my at times slightly light-hearted approach to this subject, makes an interesting read. Women really do Rock! lol.. Lovely to see you here dear heart..\0/xxx

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author avatar Carol
9th Mar 2014 (#)

What a very uplifting and inspirational page for women everywhere. I really enjoyed reading it Bev, many thanks xx

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you very much Carol it is always good to see you on my page. Glad you found this inspiring and uplifting..\0/xxx

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author avatar Goldsongbird
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Fantastic piece of work which was thoroughly enjoyable not too heavy not too sweet but oh so correct.

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Goldsongbird, long time no see! Hope you enjoyed the read and the music dear friend..Bless your heart for popping in and saying hello..Hugs \0/xxx

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Wonderful piece as well deserved day, but it should be celebrated as a whole month, congrats to all my fellow ladies in the forum, you guys are our sunshine!

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

I couldn't agree with you more Fern! It is not really celebrated much here in the UK, but in some countries it is huge! Glad you enjoyed my friend. \0/xxx

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author avatar LOVERME
10th Mar 2014 (#)

earlier on ......
females were home keepers ..now they are equal ======home makers

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Oh Loverme, so nicely said my friend..Really appreciate such a great comment. Good to see you here..\0/xxx

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2014 (#)

A well deserved tribute to women who fight against daily odds more than men. This is indeed an inspiring post, Songbird and you are raising the bar with your quality and relevant posts.

I recall Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Prize winner who established Grameen bank in Bangla Desh with the concepts of micro credit and micro finance. He targeted women to extend loans as they were simply more credit worthy and keen to repay loans on time. It is said that when you educate a man, you educate him only but when a woman is educated the entire family gets the benefit. Men have to prove their mettle now, not to end up as also rans The race between tortoise and hare is relevant! siva

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Your post is always the highlight of my day Siva because you always share such wisdom in your words, and I so appreciate the time you take in posting comments. Bless you for each and every time you post on my pages dear friend.
You are such a valued asset to Wikinut and all us writers..\0/xxx

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Wow! I'm so glad that you told me about this page. I so rarely get on here anymore and I probably would have completely missed it. Makes me proud to be a woman! The women who came before us had such a huge battle to fight, but it gave us the rights that we often take for granted today. There is still much work to be done, especially in the work force, but we are getting there. I didn't know about any of the inventions that you mentioned here.....The circular saw?? Who would have known! Great article and simply loved the videos!! Another well deserved star page.. Hugs to you, my friend!

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Hello Carol..It is always good to see your smiling face on my page dearest friend.. This one almost passed me by as you know, but I'm so glad that I took time out to research its history..
Like you, I was amazed at some of the stuff women had invented, believe me, that list is just a tiny drop in the ocean! lol

Hope you enjoyed the videos..Helen Reddy at 71 years old, sounds Exactly like she does on the 'I am woman'. video on here. Couldn't believe it till I heard a recent recording she'd done. Her voice hasn't altered at all.. Thanks for looking in on me sweetheart..xxx\0/

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2014 (#)

At 74, I have seen women make great advances even in my lifetime. Although much more needs to be done, it seems incredible that so much has happened in so short a time. The women that accomplished so much have done so against great odds.

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author avatar Songbird B
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Hello Kingwell..Yes so much change over so many years..Women used to be considered weak, but now they are starting to be accepted as equals..It has been a long uphill struggle and still goes on today.. Bless you for looking in on me my friend. \0/xxx

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author avatar Funom Makama
16th Mar 2014 (#)

Wow... I am just speechless... What would the earth be without women! You are worth the celebrations and adoration! Great page filled with truth!

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Mar 2014 (#)

Oh bless your heart Funom..
Women may not always be easy to live with at times, lol, but we play such an important part in this world of ours.
Thank you so much for looking in on me and posting such a great comment..\0/xxx

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author avatar C.D. Moore
31st Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for your wonderful tribute to women. i learned something about the women's movement too!

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