Pioneer Women. . . Blazing Our Trail!

Last Friday I launched a new blog series on “Pioneer Women” and I must say I’ve not been this excited for some time about a topic as I am about this one.   Why would that be?  Because I am all about focusing on the impact that women are making in our world…and this is a perfect way to showcase them!Blazing trails

I began the series by highlighting a dear friend and amazing woman pioneer, Nancy Honeytree.  If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and give it a quick read…but please don’t miss clicking on the video.  What you’ll hear is the theme song for this series…and just happens to have the title, “Pioneer”. 

Each Friday for the next few weeks I plan to showcase women who have been trailblazers for those of us who’ve come after.  After all, we have much to learn from them.  The sacrifices each one has made and the hardships endured have truly paved the way for us to live and thrive in today’s society.  Many are “unsung heroines” you may never have heard of…while others will be well known.  Either way, my plan is to recognize and honor them for their service.

In the meantime, since last Sunday was International Women’s Day and March is Women’s History Month, it seemed appropriate and timely , given my series focus, to share about how these events came to be.  By the way, one of the things you don’t know about me yet, but will shortly, is that I’m an avid history buff…especially American History!

2015 is the National Women’s History Project’s  35th Anniversary.  In celebration of this landmark anniversary, they chose 9 women as their 2015 honorees who have contributed in very special ways to their work of “writing women back into history.”  Together, these outstanding women have written, co-authored, or edited more than 60 books and one of the women has produced 30 CDs.

According to their corporate website, “Collectively, their creations reveal the depth and breadth of the multicultural female experience. They have woven women’s stories into the fabric of our history.”

Something deep down inside of me thinks that I might just be featuring one or two of these incredible women in this very blog series!

The origins of International Women’s Day date back to the early 1900’s during a time when there was great unrest and much debate over women’s oppression and inequality.  In 1908, 15,000 women marched in New York City, demanding shorter work hours, better pay and voting rights.  Subsequently, women “across the pond” followed suit and eventually IWD was observed in many countries throughout the world.  Since 1913 International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th and has remained the global date ever since.

IWD

This year thousands of events were held around the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements including everything from political rallies, business conferences and networking events to local craft fairs and elegant fashion extravaganzas.

Let me close with a quote from one of IWD’s spokeswomen…”So make a difference; think globally and act locally.  Make every day International Women’s Day.  Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding!”

There you have it….a little bit of history…and a whole love of “healthy pride” in the accomplishments made and lives forever changed because women are making a difference in our world!  And let me just add…that’s why Affiliated Women International was founded… why NEIGHBORHOOD BOUTIQUES was created… and COFFEE in the NEIGHBORHOOD gatherings are springing up all over!  We are committed to BEING world changers….JOIN US in this noble quest!

Pressing on,

Jana

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