International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and I just learned from Moment Magazine that this day was originally used to commemorate the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in 1908, organized by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate the strike. Since then, the United Nations has adopted the holiday to honor women’s rights and global peace.

Yesterday, one day before IWD, my co-chair Krista Nelson and I held a networking meeting to honor women entrepreneurs here and in the rest of the world. We invited a young woman from Springboard, and the women who attended the gathering received information to sponsor a young girl in a summer reading program in Philadelphia. Education is the key to empowerment. We also had a representative from Kiva, a group that makes micr-loans. More on these organizations in another posting.

We had about 25 women show up for the event and were overwhelmed with the response. We had a free raffle of Krista’s blank journal and her book, Crowning the King, which I reviewed earlier this month. I raffled off one of my tote bags, purple of course, in honor of the International Women’s Day theme color.

Now I am on my way to buy a gift at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade non-profit retail company. The manager and one full time salesperson came yesterday and told us they sell mostly women-crafted artisan items. The artists place a price on the item and are reimbursed 100%. The add-on cost to the public is used to keep the stores up and running.
Go to or uncommon for their online catalog items, many on sale.
Make a difference on International Women’s Day and google the website for more information on how you canmake a difference in women’s lives!
Purple has become my new color for Spring & Empowering Women

One Response to “International Women’s Day”

  1. Paula Says:

    Hooray for purple! It has special meaning for me. Having been born in February, amythest is my birth-
    stone, and violets are my birth month flower. Now I have a third reason for purple being my favorite
    color–the color for International Women’s Day. Cheers for women!

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