“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy International Women’s Day! On the slight chance that you don’t know what it’s about, here’s a very quick synopsis:
International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s. It all started in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. It has been celebrated every year since then, first nationally, then internationally. IWD has “become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. . . IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.”
– About International Women’s Day
I was trying to find a female artist to profile today, but when I realized I was having trouble choosing just one, I decided to instead introduce you to all of today’s worthy contenders! I am including just two works from each featured artist. However, if you click on their names, you will be taken to their websites where you will get to look at all of their wonderful works.
And here are links to a few of the 100+ female artists about whom I have previously written!
- Lora Zombie
- Paula Strawn
- Katerina Plotnikova
- Ashlee Wells Jackson
- Katherine Mourling
- Jessica Harrison
- Rachel Sigmon
- Hilla Shamia
- Cecelia Paredes
- Soo Sunny Park
I could, of course, go on (and on), but I had to cut myself off somewhere. Hope you have a great International Women’s Day!
Late addition: Many thanks to fellow blogger Carrie of Littlebsbigc for bringing National Geographic’s International Women’s Day article to my attention!