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  • Writer's pictureTanya Hilts

International Women’s Day 2023

As I sat at my computer wondering what my newsletter topic was going to be this month, I came across a list of items I could write about. As I scanned the list this particular topic jumped out at me, partly because I am a woman but another part was more that my ignorance of the subject of IWD had me intrigued about learning more.

I also strongly believe in building up others and empowering not only women but people in general. It really reminded me how much stronger we are together as a community and how helping others is a big part of our jobs.

Here are some facts about International Womens Day that I found interesting:

  • IWD was born on March 8, 1908, but the first event wasn’t held until 1911 and the UN officially recognized it as a holiday in 1975.

  • Women’s Day is a combined holiday with Mother’s Day in some places like Macedonia & Albania.

  • Women are inventors behind the scenes – Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper in 1903.

  • Women perceive more smells – Because we have always been in a position to cook & take care of others, we have evolved to become more sensitive to scents and smells.

  • Women are better conversationalists – Women are considerably better than men at reading faces, gestures, and voice tones. This makes us champion conversationalists and social leaders.

  • Heels were not originally made for women – Heels were introduced to women’s fashion in the 1600s to mimic the men who wore heels as a sign of their masculinity. Soon after men stopped wearing heels.

  • There are more stay-at-home men than women in the US – In the US, there are approximately 2,09,000 men who stay at home.

  • The first computer programmer was a woman – Ada Lovelace was the first person to recognize the full potential of a computing machine. She was one of the first computer programmers in the world.

  • The number of women is higher in Russia – There is a whopping 9 million more women in Russia than men.

  • In 1978, Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I hope you found these facts just as interesting as I did. I will leave you with this quote that really resonated with me.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

Until next time,

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