International Women’s Day (IWD): March 8th

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

 

Photo from https://www.pexels.com/collections/international-women-s-day-223xpl0/

 

If you Google International Women’s Day you will have many options. This is just one from:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/international-womens-day-2020-day-began-fight-womens-rights/

What is this year’s theme?

The theme for IWD 2020 is #EachforEqual, recognizing all of the actions we can take as individuals to challenge stereotypes, fight prejudice and celebrate women’s achievements.

There are so many women to honor on this day, so I just chose two: someone who just died and a young women who may just win the Nobel Peace prize:

 

The first woman I wish to honor is pictured below:

My Note: Rosalind P. Walter, the first Rosie the Riveter from WWII has died at age 95. Having visited the Rosie the Riveter Museum in California, I was very impressed with all the information and visuals that the museum offered. I saw the article about “Rosie,” (actually she was called Roz) and it noted that she came from a wealthy family.

Here is an excerpt from he article: Rosalind P. Walter grew up in a wealthy and genteel Long Island, New York home. Yet when the United States entered World War II, she chose to join millions of other women in the home front crusade to arm the troops with munitions, warships and aircraft.”

The article also tells us about a song written for the Rosie the Riveter phenomenon.

Written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and popularized by the Four Vagabonds, the bandleader Kay Kyser and others, “Rosie the Riveter” captured a historical moment that helped sow the seeds of the women’s movement of the last half of the 20th century. It began:

All the day long whether rain or shine

she’s a part of the assembly line

She’s making history,

working for victory —

Rosie, brrrrr, the Riveter

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/rosalind-p-walter-first-rosie-130939586.html

 

The second woman I wish to honor is the very young (17) Greta Thunberg: picture below:

Note: There are many links in this profile, so feel free to click on them for additional information from wikipedia.com. I cut and pasted the entire profile.

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg, born 3 January 2003, is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner,[3][4] both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address the climate crisis.

Thunberg’s activism started after convincing her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their own carbon footprint. In August 2018, at age 15, she started spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament to call for stronger action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate). Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together, they organised a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each.[5] To avoid flying, Thunberg sailed to North America where she attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Her speech there, in which she exclaimed “how dare you”, was widely taken up by the press and incorporated into music.

Her sudden rise to world fame has made her both a leader[6] and a target for critics.[7] Her influence on the world stage has been described by The Guardian and other newspapers as the “Greta effect”.[8] She has received numerous honours and awards including: honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society; Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and the youngest Time Person of the Year; inclusion in the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2019)[9] and two consecutive nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019 and 2020).

These are only two of the many, many women who have made a difference in the world, showing courage and persistence. They are at two ends of the spectrum age-wise, but they both did what they felt they had to do during difficult times.

THINK SPRING! March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

I took this photo a couple of years ago when we were visiting our children in California. That’s where I am headed now so I am post-dating this to appear when I am on my way back. Hopefully, I will have an early spring in California and come back to slightly milder weather here, although we have had only one real snowstorm, so I cannot complain.

The first date in March that I feel is important is International Women’s Day on March 8th. Here is an excerpt from www.wikipedia.com that might guide you in how you want to celebrate:

International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. An effective Women’s Day was the 1975 Icelandic women’s strike which paved the way for the first female president in the world.

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

So find something purple to wear that day and celebrate the 100th anniversary and ALL women!

Every year about this time I put an article about sprouts on my site. This year I have a slightly different article in that I interviewed a young woman named Kara who owns a microgreens farm called Bloom Microgreens very close to where my older daughter lives in San Luis Obispo. I interviewed Kara on my last trip to California and this seems like an appropriate time to post it in the next few days.

These two photos are from a demo I did on sprouting a couple of years ago.
When I post Bloom article, I plan to include some photos of Kara’s outdoor greenhouse farm.                                There are also recipes on her website you will be able to access. I found her mini-farm fascinating, compared it to the indoor sprouting operation I co-owned in the 1980s.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is also in March, I hope to have some recipes that include sprouts, as well as one that emphasizes adding more greens, both raw and cooked, to your recipes.  Here’s a picture of a salad using home-grown sprouts in a jar. Simple, economical, and ecological.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, March is my 11th anniversary for posting on Menupause. I would love to receive more comments as to what else you might want to read about. I still have the desire to write on my blog-turned-website and hope you are still enjoying it. Happy Anniversary Menupause!

 

P.S. ANNOUNCEMENT!

I posted this Daily Om before I left for California. I am writing this from California with the help and advice of my daughter-in-law Maura. She suggests that I post all new content on my Home Page and also in my categories. Thus, every time you log into menupause.info, new articles will be featured chronologically. If you subscribe you are getting a ping each time I post, but if you are new to my website, you will see all te new posts each time you log in.

This will go into effect when I return to PA on March 1st. Updates as I develop this new way of posting. 

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