International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th, just in time to help kick off Women’s History Month here in the United States. This day is set aside to commemorate all of the accomplishments of women past and present – to applaud the victories and learn from the setbacks. It is a day to look at the contributions of women in the social, economic, societal and political arenas, It is a day meant to inspire unity and solidarity with women across the globe who still fight for basic rights. International Women’s Day is marked by events across the country, as well as in 100 nations around the world. But it is also a day to celebrate the women right here in our own community, and to honor the women working to make Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and the rest of Hampton Roads a better place.
How can you celebrate International Women’s Day in your own sphere of influence? Simply look around and recognize the women striving every day to make a difference – the advocates, the law enforcement officers, the teachers, the mentors, the politicians and the moms! Send them a note or an email to encourage them, and to let them know you think they are doing important work, and you appreciate it! Sending flowers is a great way to acknowledge their passion and commitment.
You may wish to get involved in a local organization that invests in young girls’ lives – a local girls’ club, or a teen mentoring program,for instance. If you can’t spare the time, make a donation to a good cause – whether to an organization here in Norfolk, or to a global organization looking to lift women out of poverty, or to help with social justice issues.
Lift Your Social Voice: Organizers of the global event encourage women (and men) everywhere to post or tweet what they are doing on March 8th to empower women – use the hashtag #BeBoldForChange.
In ways big and small, we can all do our part to ensure that women across the world are encouraged and supported in their individual and corporate fights for rights and equality. Norfolk Florist is proud to provide the floral designs and plants that will convey your admiration for these amazing ladies.