March 2011 First Official Women's History Month

United States
March 1, 2011 10:53am CST
As many read in yesterday's news President Obama has declared that March 2011 will mark the first official Women's History Month with the International Women's Day being celebrated on March 8. In honor of the first official Women's History Month I invite each of you to share stories of the women who have been influential in your life. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/28/presidential-proclamation-womens-history-month-2011 Namaste-Anora
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Mar 11
March 8th has been celebrated in Europe for as long as I can remember as International Women's Day. Was it not celebrated in US before? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day
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• United States
2 Mar 11
Diana- No. This proclamation (executive order) was announced yesterday (see the link I provided in the original post)by President Obama and is a first for us. I'm glad you've all celebrated for ages because it hasn't been official here in the states until now and long waiting. Namaste-Anora
• United States
2 Mar 11
So what women have been important in your own life?
@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Mar 11
There is not one particular woman who has been important in my life. I admire all of the women who are able to run their lives and families while coping with a job and seem to be on the go 24/7. They never tire with all the pressures that their daily life brings to them. I admire my grandmother, with whom I was very close, and her never ending patience no matter however times were hard I did see your link before responding and see that it refers to a month and I am surprised that the particular day on 8th March was not given recognition before in US. It is not a whole month here but on 8th March there are many reminders that we modern women should be thankful to those in the past who battled and gained many rights which we seem to take for granted (like the right to vote for example). @ Oceanna: don't worry because it is never too late to add more to the original topic and further the conversation instead of dealing with it all the first time and then never returning. There is no correct way of responding (that I am aware of) and to each his own.
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
2 Mar 11
I have two women Milya an Teresa my grandmothers my Nana Milya wasn't suppose to make it past her 12th birthday she had heart problems an she did she got married had 2 kids an took great care everyone else even when she was on her 6th heart surgery an then cancer stuck an she still was out working in her garden an taking care of what she thought was important her family an of course her garden an she stay strong an with a sense of humor an if being sick bother her she never let anyone know up till the time she finally passed away I just pray I have her strength My other Nana Teresa was another strong woman to look up to she was the type that taught you family was important no matter what an when my grandfather passed she moved in with my aunt who had cancer to help raise her grandkids an yes at 65 kept a full time job also she said working hard for what you want was important , But she to also kept a sense of humor an a young heart here's a good example at 86 years old her last year with us my cousin was complaining there was nothing to do an she said go roll down the hill he said how an that 85 year old woman went up the hill laid down an yes she rolled down the hill an even though my grandmothers ere both raise to honor an obey their they told the girls in the family we don't need a man we can be strong an take care of our self an if we do get married we are equals not below anyone an whatever we want to do the only one stopping us from getting what we want would be ourselves an we would have to try harder for whatever goal we can not seem to get an when I was run over by the forklift an the doctor said I couldnt walk again I Thought about my grandmother an said wanna bet I am walking today might be with a limp sometimes because of the pain but I know both my grandmothers are smiling down on me saying take another step you can do it
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• United States
3 Mar 11
Enola- It sounds like you had some wonderfully strong female influences! I bet you are just as strong as they were! Namaste-Anora
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
3 Mar 11
God knows I try an hopefully I am teaching my daughters the same way
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@celticeagle (120473)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Mar 11
I think it is great that Obama has declare a day for women. I think of all the men who have days appointed to them that very few women. This is really a start in the right direction. I am looking and waiting to see if the local schools pick up on it and utilize this as a day of learning and so forth. We will definitely see.
• United States
2 Mar 11
CE- What women have been influential in your life? Namaste-Anora
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@celticeagle (120473)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Mar 11
My grandmother, granddaughter, daughter and several authors.
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• United States
1 Mar 11
About time! I have waiting for this for years. We deserve our own month. Women have to put up with too much, and men have oppressed us for too many years. They owe us!
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• United States
2 Mar 11
Rogue- Who are the women that have been influential in your life? Namaste-Anora
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• United States
2 Mar 11
My grandmother, my instructors in the English Department at my university, my friends in Neo Anime and Sigma Tau Delta- The English Honor Society. Female heroes would be J.K. Rowling the author of Harry Potter.
• United States
1 Mar 11
Wow that is quite amazing and well deserved. I just made a post last night about even though Black History month has ended, we should still strive to know about the strong history of African Americans and all other cultural history for that matter. That is a strong step for women in the world. Yay us!!!
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• United States
2 Mar 11
Mrs Calland- I agree! So who are the women who influenced you in your own life? Namaste-Anora
• United States
2 Mar 11
My grandmother, my mom and my aunt are strong influences in my life. They are very strong African American women that have touched the lives of all those around them that are blessed to encounter the experience of meeting them. My "famous" influences, as many would say would include the following: Maya Angelou Emily Dickinson Zane My e-mommy Ms. Tammy Jones Those are the only ones I can think of right of top. What about yourself?
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@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
2 Mar 11
Thats really good to hear. I don't have any stories per say, but my mom is an amasing lady. She's my best friend and always there to help. When we were little kids my brother and I took ice skating lessons. My brother was afraid to go out on the ice without my mom. so she traced her hands on felt and cut them out. She then pinned the felt cut outs of her hands inside my brother's jacket pocket. She told him if he got scared or missed her to put his hand in his pocket and hold "her" hands. It worked!
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• United States
3 Mar 11
Monkeyrose- I love the story about the felt hands!! What a wonderful story and I think I'll be saving your mom's idea for my own children when they go to school. Thank you so much for sharing. Namaste-Anora
@p1kef1sh (45640)
1 Mar 11
You are probably expecting discussions about significant female world personalities - Sr Theresa, Golda Meher or Margaret Thatcher. But I would like to describe a small group of women who helped to keep me alive when I thought that there was not much good in life. They aren't medical professionals, social workers or priests. They are good women who saw a suffering soul and took him under their collective wing. The greatest must be my wife, the Boss. However, after her there are a number if other women instrumental in making me who I am today. In 2007 I had a mental breakdown that resulted in me resigning from my career after 33 years. I knew that I had to go or the physical toll on me might well have been fatal. I sat at home moping and feeling a total failure. I had failed in life, I no longer had an income (which had been quite substantial) and at my age my prospects for employment were bleak. I had a look on the Internet and discovered that some people made a few pennies talking on this site. If there's one thing that I can do it's talk! I came here and was quickly introduced to a small number of women who collectively called themselves my harem! In truth I was their captive. They listened to me, held me, empathized and weren't slow to help me put myself back together. When I had successes they'd boost my ego by telling be what a clever boy I was. If I needed picking up they'd come and jolly me along. They told me that they love me and i knew that they meant it. They have backgrounds that are as wide and remote from my own as it is possible to be. But they have a simple faith in the good of people and have taught me do much about humanity and compassion. They know who they are and they also know the debt of gratitude that I owe to them. I am a lucky man and it is all due to the friendship of women.
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• United States
2 Mar 11
Pike- Thank you so much for sharing so openly! I love that you shared women in your own circle and journey of life. Do not get me wrong those other historical women are very important, but sometimes we forget to look in our own back yard. Namaste-Anora
• United States
4 Mar 11
I would so put my boyfriend mom on a pedestal any day of the week really. This woman has been more of a mother to me then her own children, although she love them but what I am saying is that I had so many issues last year and this 79 year old woman drove 16 hours by herself just to be by my side. She and I speak at least twice a day and she will consult me before she speaks to anyone about any issues in her life and trusts anything and everything I advise her with. I think she cares for me this way because I am the only one that will literally listen to her.