International Women’s Day Centenary

March 8th: International Women’s Day. Over the years, I have marked this day in many different ways. Today I spent the day relaxing at home. I took a swim, read a little, wrote some and slept a long siesta… not bad…

Once in Palenque I watched a group of nubile high school girls in skimpy costumes sashay and salsa on a shaky stage… Oh my!

Another year in Mexico City at an international educators’ conference, I was held captive in an auditorium learning about the role of women in the design of administrative templates for the dispersal of funding… Fascinating stuff!

In Vancouver at a local community center, I attended a never-to-be-forgotten presentation of the “Vagina Monologues”… Yikes!

Merida certainly trumped them all when they invited Rigoberta Menchu, the Nobel laureate from Guatemala who spoke about Maya women and their challenges… Inspiring!

Do you know that 2011 is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day? Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. My paternal grandmother was a Suffragette. International Women’s Day was originally created to honor their work.

Today it is celebrated all over the world to recognize the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

All women! Cute dancers, administrative experts, feminists, social advocates, mothers, daughters, cousins, friends… all women have a place in the global society. We all matter and what we do matters. Celebrate it!

Photos: Rigoberta Menchu

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