Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day turns 100

Woman from Arles by Picasso
Happy 100th International Women's Day

For many reasons I find this day to be a somber one. In my world little attention is paid to this day. I am fortunate to be living in a part of the world where women have rights and privileges.

On this day I always think about my life over the years. I think about my successes, my family, my happiness and the hardships I have overcome. I think about what may have been, the choices I have made and the things I have had no choice in.

I am saddened by the vulnerability of women in so many parts of the world. Over the past 100 years many things have changed for women yet in so many places nothing has changed at all.

International Women"s Day was started by Clara Zetkin in 1910 in Germany. She wanted one day to be recognized world wide to highlight the demands of women. She was a political activist in the European Socialist Movement. Her idea continues and is even an official holiday in some countries.

I like to think I can help in some way. My favorite project is with Kiva. This is a place to lend money to struggling business people in developing countries. I choose women. All it requires is $25.00 to lend and you can start. I love choosing a woman to help and am thrilled as I am paid back pennies at a time. Check out Kiva and I invite you to join my little group.

Meet some fantastic Kiva women.

I am lucky to be surrounded by strong, independent, supportive women.
This is my little hello to everyone on this great day.

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