Today is International Women’s Day, a widely celebrated holiday across the world honoring fearless, independent, innovative, strong women and of course, raising awareness for women’s equality. IWD is not as popular in the U.S. as it is in Europe, where it’s a national holiday, but it’s becoming more well-known and celebrated in America. The theme for IWD 2015 is #MakeItHappen because, well, women make it happen.
Women have come a long way in earning equal rights and still have a long way to go. IWD aims to create awareness for women’s equality across the board to create a better present and future for women everywhere. The first celebration of IWD in the United States was held in 1909 in New York. At that time, it carried a political meaning, but with time became a mix between Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. We all know that Mother's Day and Valentine's Day require flowers, chocolate and everything in between to honor the strong women in our lives, and the same is expected for IWD.
The most popular flowers given on IWD are acacia and tulips. Acacia is a fluffy, yellow pea-sized flower that has a unique scent and is a sign that spring is, finally, upon us. Tulips are more universally known and come in many different colors – shades of pastels to bright, vibrant and multi-colored varieties, making tulips a great flower for any occasion.
I leave you with two quotes by two wise women:
- “Who run the world? GIRLS” -Beyoncé
- "There's a special place in hell for women who don't support other women." -T Swift (...and Madeleine Albright)
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