International Women's Day has been observed for over one hundred years as a day to show respect towards and admiration for women. In the early 1900s it was marked in particular by socialist political parties in Eastern Europe who believed that women should have a role in community life and national politics. Since then women have been empowered to play leadership roles in many dramatic changes and extraordinary events. Many countries regard this annual celebration as a necessary part of their cultural awareness and in some places it has been made a public holiday.
In 1977 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 8th March as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace. This provided an avenue to highlight discrimination and other critical issues that needed to be addressed from an international community viewpoint.
Here are a few quotes from inspirational women:
Mother Teresa I can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Anne Frank Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Helen Keller I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
Beverly Sills I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.
Mia Hamm Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.
In Adelaide, International Women’s Day will once again be celebrated with a fundraising breakfast that has been running for many years. Rev Norah Norris
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