Today, 8th March 2019 is International Women’s Day. This day is observed in many cultures and celebrates the achievements of women all around the world. Over the past hundred years, this day has also been a mechanism for raising awareness of social, political and economic barriers that women face.
The celebration’s origins are rooted in the women’s rights movement of the last century. The day was first observed in 1909 in the United States on 28 February. A year later, the Socialist International, convening in Denmark, established Women’s day as an annual celebration, with the aim of advocating for women’s rights and for universal suffrage for women. During the First World War, women in Europe seized this day as an opportunity to rally and protest against war. In 1975, the United Nations began to celebrate the day.
You can read more about the history of this day on the United Nation’s website.
This morning I found myself contemplating on my story and those of the women of my family. I come from a lineage of strong, creative and compassionate women. They were nurses, accountants, scientists, mystics and creatives and had a passion for ancient history and travel.
I have been fortunate to inherit many of their gifts and interests. I have also learnt much from their challenges and choices. This learning has given me the opportunity to love and accept myself, with all my gifts and flaws, and blossom into a true and authentic woman.
I continue to be inspired by the unconditional love of my mother, Sally, whom is no longer with us. With her blessing, I pursued my dream, which led me to complete a PhD in Archaeology. I am proud to say that I am the first female in my family to achieve this, but I also believe that my achievement is also my mothers, and the women who came before us. By continuing to dream big and live life with passion and purpose, I intend to inspire my nieces and nephews to follow their heart and share their gifts.
The stories of our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers need to be remembered and sung with reverence for they help guide us towards becoming our best selves.
Let’s also inspire and uplift each other, no matter our age, gender or background, as we move through the labyrinth of life.
Happy International Women’s Day from Team Ancient Explorer.
Photograph Credit: Gerd Altmann.