Although started in Europe and some socialist nations over a century ago, International Women’s Day is now celebrated in over 30 countries around the world. The holiday was adopted in the West in 1977 as a global day to unite to honor women’s rights and world peace. Over recent years, such themes as “Investing in Women and Girls” and “Women United for Peace” have been celebrated.
On March 8th, 2011 – the 100th anniversary of the observance – over 100 countries held an official gathering to varied response; while in the United States the rights of women are largely respected, this is not the case around the world. Here in America, President Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”, calling Americans to mark the day by reflecting on the extraordinary accomplishments and influences of women in our history – women like abolitionist Harriet Tubman, environmentalist Rachel Carson and activist First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. In addition, the Red Cross challenged the West not to give up the fight to prevent violence that threatens the lives and dignity of millions of women in conflict zones globally each year.
Even though there are many famous women to be celebrated this holiday, there are also many everyday female heroes in our lives. The mom who worked two jobs, the grandmother is the matriarch of her extended family – and the doctors, lawyers, teachers and business women who bring their intellect and passion to the marketplace, everyday. For the women in your life who deserve respect and admiration for all they do, how about sending them a bouquet on International Women’s Day? Pink roses represent admiration, while lilies represent success – so this bouquet is the perfect way to honor the ambitious lady in your life.
Consider adding the laurel flower (accomplishment) or sage (wisdom) for an even more meaningful display. Whatever the women in your life mean to you, show them that you honor them this March 8th, on International Women’s Day. City Line Florist has all the flowers and plants you’ll need to honor her this March 8th.