International Women's Day 8 March 2017 #beboldforchange
Today is international women's day and since our company is all about fabulous women we had to write something about it!
According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
Our Celia Grace collection of gowns are each named after amazing and inspirational women. So this is the perfect time to introduce you to some of the gowns and the women they are named in honour of.
The beautiful Teresa dress with unique all over lace is, as you can imagine, named after Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. She is considered one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.
She first worked as a teacher in Calcutta learning to speak both Bengali and Hindi fluently as she taught geography and history and dedicated herself to alleviating the girls' poverty through education. In August 1948 after six months of basic medical training, she voyaged for the first time into Calcutta's slums with no more specific a goal than to aid "the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for." She began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute in a dilapidated building she convinced the city government to donate to her cause.
In 1971, Mother Teresa traveled to New York City to open her first American-based house of charity, and in the summer of 1982, she secretly went to Beirut, Lebanon, where she crossed between Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut to aid children of both faiths.
She wasn't without controversy and it is said that she battled with her wavering faith through her later life but by the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity numbered more than 4,000—in addition to thousands more lay volunteers—with 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world.
Edie Windsor has spent most of her adult life breaking boundaries. Beginning in 1956, she spent two decades working with mainframe computers, first as a research assistant at NYU and then, starting in 1958, at IBM where she attained the highest technical rank. She won a competitive IBM PhD. Scholarship, and in 1987 was honoured by the National Computing Conference as a Pioneer in Operating systems.
A well know LGBT activist involved in many groups and movements. The case of United States v Windsor is arguably the most influential legal precedent in the struggle for LGBT marriage equality. In its landmark 2013 ruling in Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which by its terms had excluded gay couples from all the benefits and protections of marriage under federal law.
'Dr. Jane Goodall equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, braved a realm of unknowns to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, she has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.' (http://www.janegoodall.org/our-story/about-jane/)
Today, Dr. Jane Goodall travels around the world, writing, speaking and spreading hope through action, encouraging each of us to “use the gift of our life to make the world a better place.“ As a conservationist, humanitarian and crusader for the ethical treatment of animals, she is a global force for compassion and a UN Messenger of Peace.
Every day, Dr. Jane Goodall exemplifies the difference one person can make. Over the years, her groundbreaking research at Gombe has attracted many women, who were nearly absent from the field of primatology when she began. Today, women lead the field of long-term primate behavioural studies around the world.
Wow after writing that I must say i'm feeling a bit emotional and empowered at the same time! 3 amazing women and there are so many more out there. So to all you gorgeous women have faith in your abilities, talent, creativity and love your body. Whether you are smashing glass ceilings or being an amazing mum at home you are all brilliant and don't forget that.
The day is now an official holiday in several countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Zambia and for women only in countries including China, Madagascar and Nepal....i'm thinking we should be making it a holiday here too?!! Every year in our boutique we will be celebrating this day with some amazing inspiration and offers.
If you want to hear more from some inspirational women here is a collection of TED Talks you might enjoy.
BE BOLD FOR ACTION
The theme this year is #beboldforaction. Tell us how you will be bold for change, wherever we go we will be challenging bias and inequality. One of the ways we have started doing that is through learning about the new British political party called the 'Women's equality party' you can learn more about this from Sandi Toksvig in this TED Talk or on their website.