Celebrating Women on International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day is a big deal and celebrated with gusto everywhere in the world. But not so much in the U.S. and we really really REAAAALLLLY want that to change. We believe that women’s contribution to our society and to our present and future is so great that we need to celebrate this day with the same zest as in other parts or in the world, if not better.

Women’s Day is not about making her a crown made of daisies, sitting her on a throne and telling her she is wonderful and beautiful and the best thing that ever walked the earth for just one day. It’s about acknowledging her, although you can still do the whole crown, throne thing too if you like. this is when we get to celebrate her work, her past, her present and her future, her potential, her struggles, her accomplishments and above all join her in her fight for her rights. We’ve come a long way in society but we have a long way to go where women’s right are concerned. We are on great trajectory, we just need to move forward on the path we’re on and fight alongside our sisters, mothers, and friends for the future we want our daughters to have.

Here are some ways we can celebrate women on this day, this month and everyday thereafter:

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  • Get involved in a women’s organization that deals with women’s issues like domestic violence, education for girls and women locally and in underdeveloped countries around the world, women and girl’s health issues.
  • Become a big sister or big brother, a mentor to girls around your town.
  • Give your sincerest thanks to the women that helped pave your way to success. Know that we are where we are because of the men AND women that paved the road for us.
  • Teach your daughter, grand-daughter, niece, god-daughter, neighbor’s daughter about all the women from the past and the present that have made great changes in history and continue to make strides in making her future that much brighter.
  • Be involved and fight for women’s right to equal pay, equal education, equal opportunities in the job market and in life in general. Whether you are a man or a woman, this is a right you should believe in for your sake and that of your sisters, your daughters your friends, your coworkers and your neighbors.
  • HW0_193240Show your appreciation in more tangible ways. Take the women in your life out to lunch or dinner and have an honest conversation about their thoughts of how women are viewed and treated in society today and think of ways you can do more to help. Send her flowers – yes we know, we are a florist and surprise surprise we’d suggest this. But we don’t suggest it because we are in the business of flowers but because this is how it is celebrated around the world. We get more international customers sending flowers to the women in this country during this day than we have local customers. We think that our local customer could do more. Don’t you think?
  • Wear something purple or all purple if you want in honor of the day. Yes, purple is the International Women’s Day color to symbolize justice and dignity for women’s equality.

Although we celebrate Women’s History Month the whole of March and International Women’s Day is on March 8th, it doesn’t mean that the minute the day passes or hits April 1st that we need to behave like fools (see what we did there) and stop giving the women in our life and society the recognition they deserve. This is a holiday that should be celebrated everyday of every year by all of us uniting and fighting for women’s fundamental rights.

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Our Favorite “She-roes” Today

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The International Women’s Day is upon us, although any day ending is a “y”is a good day to celebrate women, let’s sit back and think about the women today that influence our lives. The women that broke through barriers, those that make a difference in the world we live in and we aspire to be like and want our younger sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins and young women everywhere learn from.

Yes, there are the She-roes of the past that bulldozed through barricades to make way for us. We honor them, we celebrate them, we thank them. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it weren’t for their valor and their sacrifices. However, somehow, we fail to recognize the women of today that are paving brand new roads. In fact, instead of honoring them and thanking them we find faults. We call them bossy, cold, hard, unyielding, uncompromising. Simply because they refuse to mold themselves in what society consider to be an acceptable “woman”. And thank all that is good and holy for that!

Here are our favorite She-roes of the present:

Sheryl Sandberg, Author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”, COO of Facebook, Co-Founder of Lean In, wife and mother. She teaches and inspires women, through her foundation and her work to not be afraid to become leaders in their community. She teaches women to free their mind and not become their own enemy and obstacle and  not to limit themselves. She encourages women to have the confidence to obtain their goals. she, along with her cofounders of Lean In, provides a network of support, lectures and a platform to share life lessons do others could bit from it.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize Winner among so many other awards and Female Education Activist and assassination survivor and she’s only 17. Imagine having so much conviction in what you believe in that you don’t back away from death threats thrown at you from every directions. and when that fateful day comes when someone decides to put the threats to action and you come forward and get shot and after surviving you to continue doing what you believe in. She IS She-ro. We all should aspire to have an ounce of courage to face our obstacles in the face and say “do your worst” and never sway from our beliefs. We too are Malala.

Oprah Winfrey. We really don’t need to say much here. But if we wanted to we could say things like one of the most influential women (black or white) in the world, Talk show host, media proprietor and a philanthropist with a heart of gold. She is the example that perseverance and hard work will turn a girl that came from nothing to an internationally recognized and respected billionaire.

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Our last She-ro is Diana Nyad. She is an author and a motivational speaker among many things and the sextenarian that dared and succeeded to become the first person (man or woman) to swim from Cuba to Florida. Showing us all that anything is possible at any age with a spoonful of determination.

There are many many many women in the world and in our lives that we can look up to, that are heroes in their own way. the guide us, mentor us and teach us without even knowing. We at MyFlorist say thank you to all the women around the world. We honor you , we celebrate you. We invite you to celebrate the women in your life with us.