Last Friday (March 8), the whole world celebrated International Women’s Day to recognize the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Before the 20th century, women from all over the world have experienced great inequality and lack of rights because of their gender. Because of these inequalities, movements to fight for women’s rights have been started by labor groups from the U.S. and across Europe. In the year 1909, the first National Women’s Day was celebrated by the United States of America in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions. After that, more movements were done by women and in 1975, the United Nations started recognizing and celebrating the International Women’s Day every 8th of March. Today, the whole month of March is celebrated as the International Women’s Month where women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
In the Philippines, a lot of women, if not all, are given equal opportunities for growth. In fact, Proclamation No. 224 s. 1988 declares that the first week of March each year is Women’s Week and March 8 is Women’s Rights and International Peace Day, Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988 also provides the observance of the month of March as Women’s Role in History Month, and Republic Act (RA) 6949 s. 1990 declares March 8 of every year as National Women’s Day. This year (2019), the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) celebrates Women’s Month with the theme: “We Make Change Work For Women” to highlight the empowerment of women as active contributors to development.
Truly, women have greatly contributed to the betterment of the world. Take Marie Curie for example. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, first female professor at the University of Paris, and the first person – note the use of person there, not woman – to win a second Nobel Prize. Another is Cleopatra; the final ruler of Egypt’s Ptolemaic dynasty who has always been more than beauty. She was a formidable, politically shrewd monarch who was directly involved in the running of a kingdom that faced challenges on many fronts. We also have Frida Kahlo, an artist who explored gender, class, and identity who is now a very important figure for social causes like feminism and LGBTQ rights.
Of course, you know I could go on for days if we continue talking about women who are “earth shakers” but today, let’s talk about the women of our own country who are making a difference in all the ways that they can. In line with celebration of the Women’s Month, Barapido Inc., will be introducing the #WomenWeLove by sharing their stories to you. These are the women who are working with us to make our country better by helping the community and supporting local.
By the way, since we love you, too, Barapido is on FREE SHIPPING until the 31st of March in celebration of the International Women’s Month 2019.