08 March 2008

Today is International Women's Day!

March is Women's History month and today, 8 March, is International Women's Day (IWD), commemorating women's rights and peace. In some form or other, International Women's Day has been celebrated for over 95 years!

Women and Color - we love it!
Many women's groups around the world use the color purple to represent them, especially the suffragettes. In the UK in 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) chose these three colors: purple, green, and white. They were then adopted as the official colors for IWD.

- white for purity* in public as well as private life
- purple for justice, dignity, self-reverence, and self-respect
- green for hope and new life

In recent years, the color gold has been added, representing 'a new dawn' and commonly used to represent the second wave of feminism.

* Remember, this was developed in 1908! In recent years, the use of the color white has fallen out of favor because the concept of 'purity' is a controversial issue and international meanings differ greatly.

you go girlThe United Nations' theme for International Women's Day in 2008 is "Shaping Progress."
Learn more about it here.

To help us all celebrate...here's a wee bit of word art for you...You GO girl!

Click on the image to get it. Please share this blog posting with all your women friends so they can come get a copy, too!

1 comment:

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