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  1. Ai
    07/04/2017 @ 5:05 pm

    I’m from both the US and Japan. Neither country really celebrates women like this. We definitely should!

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/04/2017 @ 5:14 pm

      Thank you for commenting Ai. It’s time we celebrate women everywhere!

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  2. Clair
    07/04/2017 @ 3:50 pm

    I absolute love this post! I have never heard of International Women’s Day…I loved seeing how other countries celebrate this wonderful day 🙂 Maybe one day we will celebrate it more in the states!

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/04/2017 @ 5:15 pm

      Thanks for commenting Clair! Hope you and the fabulous women in your life have a big celebration next March!

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  3. Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice
    07/03/2017 @ 6:45 pm

    Loved reading about the various traditions around the world and how other cultures have made an intentional practice of celebrating the contributions of women. What a concrete way to acknowledge a cultural value in recognizing and honoring a group of people (especially one who has been traditionally marginalized). I’d love to see the US find ways to celebrate as well.

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/04/2017 @ 12:39 am

      I could not agree with you more Lindsay. This was the first year I have seen some traction in the United States to participate with the rest of the world. Thousands participated in the “Day Without a Woman” movement and I thought it was a brilliant way to bring about the social change that is so needed. As you said, women are marginalized in many covert ways and we need to bring the issue to light with more conversation. Thank you so much for commenting!

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  4. Margaret
    07/03/2017 @ 5:23 pm

    How interesting to read about how different cultures celebrate International Women’s Day! I agree, it should be celebrated on more than just March 8th. As an American, I was not even aware of International Women’s Day. So sad.

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      07/04/2017 @ 12:41 am

      I am so glad that I could bring attention to the amazing tradition of International Women’s Day. I too had never heard of this day until I moved overseas. I hope next March you throw an epic party with flowers and activism in your community to share in the joy of this wonderful day. Thanks for commenting Margaret!

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  5. Yana
    04/29/2017 @ 4:29 am

    In South Africa, the ivory tower is bulldozed anew with every black man’s home destroyed to make way for a white man’s. Yet there are positions between the bulldozed ivory tower and the maximum security prison. The one who sees his responsibility in being ‘only a writer’ has still to decide whether this means he can fulfil[l] his essential gesture to society only by ready-packaging his creativity to the dimensions of a social realism….
    NADINE GORDIMER

    Highly recommend her perspective as a White woman in Apartheid South Africa on International Women’s Day or any day.
    Can’t embed the picture but this is one of my favorite profile pics I use on International Women’s Day
    http://www.quotemaster.org/images/a0/a062b230352d246efc945672581d0ad6.jpg

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/29/2017 @ 4:38 am

      Wow Yana, that picture is deep. There are so many women around the world facing different issues. The brave and strong women I know fight daily in solidarity. We stand with you. Together, we conquer the world. Thank you for your comment. I am closing down for the night and I am feeling very inspired by your thoughtful comment. Thank you!
      P.S. I think South Africa is a beautiful place and recommend anyone who will listen to go visit!

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  6. Pam Avoledo
    04/27/2017 @ 9:21 pm

    So true! Women are marginalized in society. Our health care is either taken away or shames us. Women need to make their voices heard.

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/27/2017 @ 9:26 pm

      It’s time to rise together and lead the way for our daughters, nieces, friends, co-workers, etc. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. Casey the College Celiac
    04/26/2017 @ 6:15 pm

    I LOVE the idea of celebrating International Women’s Day everyday. Even by just showing appreciation for all the work your mother did raising you, by supporting your fellow female co-workers or shutting down sexist jokes, you can make a difference.

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/26/2017 @ 8:34 pm

      The small things and being aware of sexism in small conversations definitely make a difference! Thanks for commenting!

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  8. Tonya
    04/26/2017 @ 1:51 pm

    This is a great post and made me aware of something I didn’t know about. By the way, what a great quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Bethany M. Edwards
      04/26/2017 @ 4:17 pm

      Eleanor is a true hero and role model for all women! Glad you enjoyed the article!

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  9. Ewa
    03/09/2017 @ 8:13 pm

    In Poland it is very popular day.
    When I moved to the UK I was a little surprised that here situation looks different 😉

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    • Bethany Edwards
      03/09/2017 @ 8:14 pm

      I agree; the West has not caught on to this amazing holiday!

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  10. Vibeke Johannessen
    03/08/2017 @ 5:18 pm

    Happy international womens day! Such an interesting post to see how it is celebrated around the world. It is needed in every country. As a Norwegian many people think that women and men are equal in Norway, but it is still most men in top-positions in big businesses. Thank you for this!

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    • Bethany Edwards
      03/08/2017 @ 5:26 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the article. Learning from different cultures is transformational I agree! Thanks for your comment!!

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  11. Vibeke Johannessen
    03/08/2017 @ 5:14 pm

    Happy international womens day ! Such a great post about this day celebrated in different culture. I am from Norway, which is a country that women are quite equal to men, but still not fully there are more men in top-positions. Thank you for this 😀

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  12. sfak94
    03/08/2017 @ 4:24 pm

    This is so important. The best thing we can do as activists is learn about the history before us and the diversity around the world. Injustices don’t occur in a vacuum and we need to understand the system at large.

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  13. Kim Tacheny
    03/08/2017 @ 4:13 pm

    Wow, I had no idea this was celebrated so well around the world. I can’t wait to get out of the states and see more of the world and it’s cultures and traditions!
    Happy International Women’s Day!!!

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  14. Amy Patton
    03/08/2017 @ 3:59 pm

    I didn’t realized that Women’s Day is so popular in other countries. I didn’t really think about Women’s Day until this year. What a great way to recognize women!

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  15. jattuclara
    03/08/2017 @ 3:56 pm

    Absolutely loved reading this post, Love reading about different cultures so this was fantastic.

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  16. Princess
    02/27/2017 @ 9:56 pm

    Interesting to see how different each culture celebrates women’s day

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  17. lamcolleen29
    02/27/2017 @ 6:41 pm

    This is a great post. Timely and leave me a deep thought. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. Pretty Weird Bombshell
    02/27/2017 @ 6:00 pm

    You totally got my attention with the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt! Although this celebration maybe new for me, I’m glad that we are now focus on empowering women in different parts of the world. Great post! xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com/blogger-content-creation-challenge/

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  19. featherflint
    02/22/2017 @ 6:59 pm

    I heard of International Women’s Day for the first time when I first started dating my husband, whose family is from Ukraine & Moldova. I thought it was so strange (but sweet!) for former Soviets living in the US to feel so strongly about the necessity to buy women flowers and gifts on this day–but no one in the US had ever heard of the holiday. At the time, it seemed strange that such a seemingly progressive, modern country wouldn’t celebrate the holiday when much less progressive countries did–but sadly, it now seems that our country isn’t as progressive as we thought. Absolutely, women’s day every day!

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    • Bethany Edwards
      02/22/2017 @ 7:03 pm

      I agree completely! Totally feel as though the US is the one that is behind in this case. I loved my time living in Kiev, such amazing memories!!

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