So it's International Women's Day again, March 8th every year, what does it mean to you?
My first experience of International Women's Day was in Belfast (1996), I was part of "Creative Women's Workshops" who met regularly for writing, drumming, singing & other creative activities. We gave a drumming performance in the evening, it was a mixture of Samba & Japanese style drumming, and it was lots of fun! We also displayed artwork, and I sold my first ever painting- a simple oil painting of a fluffy white cloud.
Then just after my first year in business I co-organised a Women Empowering Women day in the Radisson Hotel Dublin (2008). We had a range of speakers on a range of topics; nutrition, fashion, beauty, hypnotherapy, thai chi & yoga, and a massage. I delivered the section on goals and understanding how to set the right goals, and how to make sure we actually achieve them!
The day was focused on what we as women could do to empower ourselves, make ourselves feel good, so that we could continue doing the work we do, in business & in our homes. It was a big success, with 50 women enjoying the day; one lady described it as "The best day of my life so far" (She was in her 50's).
This year International Women’s Day sprang up on me by surprise! Having had a bought of glandular fever that knocked me off my feet for a few months, I’m still gradually getting back into the swing of things. So when I saw that @KrishnaDe was organising the #100VoicesBiz project to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day I was delighted that here was something that I was able to contribute to. I was honoured to have my tip included, and even luckier for my, my tip is No. 2!
You can see all of the tips on Krishna De’s Biz Growth website, each of them are under 140 characters, so it’s a quick convenient way to access lots of inspiration & wisdom from women who are in business. An inspiring project, and a valuable resource for any woman(or man) thinking of, or already in business.
So what does International Women’s Day mean to me? A day of celebrating who I am, not just as a person, but also of the qualities I have that are because I’m a woman. Also it’s about celebrating other women too, their awesomeness, courage, determination, intelligence, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, gentleness. And yes, I do think there should be an International Men’s Day too!
Would be great if you'd like to share what it means to you and what you've done over the years, if anything, to join in celebrating being a woman! (If you are one) ;)