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“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” — Maya Angelou

As March comes to a close, let’s reminisce on the significance of this month. At the BodyCandy office, we’re grateful the unbearable winter weather is ending. To paint a lovely picture of why that is – We’re located in Buffalo NY… enough said. The signs of spring are finally emerging. But more importantly, March is Women’s History Month.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year. INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day. Did you catch that? Women, all over the world, celebrating together. Now that’s girl power!

Women’s Day has been observed [in some form or another] as far back as the early 1900’s. In the Western world, the first official International Women’s Day began when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 8 as a day for women’s rights and world peace, in 1977.

Women’s History Month became an official celebration in 1987, which also happens to be the year I was born. I’m certain that’s no coincidence. I am endlessly passionate about this stuff!

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” — Michelle Obama

Even though women’s rights movers and shakers have accomplished so much in the past, women today are still fighting for an equal place within society.

Feminism is its name, and the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men is its game! Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate past struggles and achievements of women, but also to raise awareness of gender issues in modern society. According to a post by the International Business Times (March 1, 2015): “Women have made great strides in the U.S., in the more than 40 years since the beginning of the American feminist movement. However, women have yet to enjoy true parity with their male counterparts in careers, in pay and in government representation.”

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

Ladies, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but we can do it! Whether you choose to identify with feminists or not, one thing we can all agree on is WOMEN ARE AWESOME.

“So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.” — Patti LaBelle

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