Women’s day is being celebrated since 1909 every year. But this day became more popular and internationally recognized when United Nations adopted this day as international Women’s day in 1977. Mar 8 is marked as international Women’s day.Now, why is a women’s day even celebrated?
This day is a celebration of women’s contributions to the world socially, economically, and politically. This day is a reminder to all of us to show more respect, appreciation, and love towards women.
Events are conducted in schools, libraries, and communities to bring awareness about strong capabilities women have, by sharing examples of women who have exhibited extraordinary leadership abilities amidst most adverse circumstances to achieve unimaginable results for the sake of others.
There are many women living and dead who have shown matchless bravery, strength of character, and wisdom to help people. Especially when women are perceived lower and weaker in the society dominated by men. Sadly, even after all this, women of 21st century still have to struggle a lot to prove their mettle in majority of the professional spheres.
- We all know who Mother Teresa during her long lifetime, she helped thousands of people who were sick, starving, naked, unwanted, and poor. She was an icon of selfless service, and inspired others to follow in her footsteps.
- Hellen Keller. She was deaf and blind by the age of 19 months. Through the help of a very good teacher, Keller learned how to communicate very well despite her physical limitations. She became a champion for those with disabilities, and made huge strides for those who are deaf and blind.
- Malala Yousafzai. This young woman was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to go to school and encourage others to do the same. At a very young age she became a symbol of women’s rights, especially the right to an education.
- Rosa Parks, she refused to obey when she was told to move to the back of the bus to allow a white passenger to sit in her seat. This simple act of a tired woman on a bus just wanting to get home made her a symbol of the civil rights
- Madam Marie Curie, this brilliant scientist was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and the first person to win it in two separate categories; the first was for physics in 1903, and the second was for chemistry in 1911. She developed x-ray machines, discovered radium, among many other things.
- “The lady with the lamp,” Florence Nightingale was pioneer of the nursing profession, one of her greatest contributions was the belief that sanitary conditions and better nutrition were the key to successfully treating those who have been injured or fallen ill.
- Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has consistently been one of the most influential figures of the world for over a decade. Through her famous talk show she continues to shed light on the things that matter to her, such as health, family issues and the eradication of child abuse.
These women have certainly played a very important role in our lives and they have shown us that with courage, belief and wisdom we all can overcome any adversity in our lives and fearlessly come forward to help others do the same.
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