Celebrating March 8th – International Women’s Day

WOMAN – God’s graceful yet versatile creation, takes so many forms all through her life. Once she is born, she strives to be the pride and honor of her parents, to excel in all aspects of her life. She is also a sister, being so much supportive to her brothers and sisters, trying to take up their responsibilities and covering up for their mistakes silently. As she moves further in life, she becomes a wife, leaving behind her family to be the better half of a person sometimes least known to her. Then she takes all the pains to give birth to her children, to bring them up well and help them to be successful in life. At every step, she sacrifices many of her wishes and interests for her family but she is rarely recognized or rewarded.

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March 8, is celebrated as International Women’s Day – the day where we respect and honor every woman in our life for being there with us always, for being so much caring and supportive. It is a day where the achievements of a woman are celebrated specially, may it be social, economic, cultural or political.

International Women’s Day has been observed from as early as the 1900’s which marked the rise of radical ideologies and a demand for gender equality. It is celebrated worldwide as a means of accelerating gender parity and is supported widely by various governments, NGO’s, academic institutions and international organizations.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” said world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

Gloria Steinem - Voice & face of feminism through the 60s & 70s

Gloria Steinem – Voice & face of feminism through the 60s & 70s

 

A glimpse from the past –

-          In 1908, the rise in women’s oppression and inequality led to a march across the New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay and voting rights.

1908 Women's March NYC

1908 Women’s March NYC

-          The first National Women’s Day was celebrated across the US on 28th February, 1909 in accordance to a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.

28th Feb 1909 - Working women's claim

28th Feb 1909 – Working women’s claim

-          In 1910, the second International Conference for Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of celebrating Woman’s Day worldwide on the same day. This idea was widely accepted and the first International Women’s Day was observed in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March, 1911. Around one million men and women took to the streets to support the cause and end discrimination.

1910 conference which saw 100 delegates from 17 countries

1910 conference which saw 100 delegates from 17 countries

 

First International Women's Day presented by socialist fighter for women's rights - Clara Zetkin

First International Women’s Day presented by socialist fighter for women’s rights – Clara Zetkin

-          Russian women observed the first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February, 1913. Later it was transferred to March 8 in the year 1914 and has remained so globally since the time.

-          Due to the death of over a 2 million soldiers in World War 1 in the year 1917, Russian women conducted a strike for “bread and peace” which continued for 4 days until they were granted the right to vote. This day was March 8 according to the Gregorian calendar.

1917 Russian women strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers

1917 Russian women strike for “bread and peace”

-          The United Nations recognized and celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975. In December 1977, a resolution was made to observe a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace on any day of the year by its Member States.

Inaugration ceremony at the UN in 1975

Inaugration ceremony at the UN in 1975

-          An annual theme for Women’s Day was adopted by the United States since 1996. Some of the themes established year after year were “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”, “Women at the Peace table”, “Women and Human Rights”, “World Free of Violence Against Women”, “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger”, “A Promise is a Promise – Time for Action to End Violence Against Women” and so on.

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-          The year 2011 saw the 100 year centenary of International Women’s Day. In United States, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2011 to be “Women’s History Month”. The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges”. There were many other significant events marking the historic day all over the world.

Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act on Women's Day in 2013

Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act on Women’s Day in 2013

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Reflections to the present-

There have been enormous events worldwide to empower the women in our society. India has also seen much advancement along these times to grant equal rights to the women. All religious verses and inscriptions give women the ultimate respect and freedom even though the Indian society has been a patriarchal one. There have been many Goddesses who represent power, fearlessness and glory. Every house hold of India values the women and gives them the place to be the “Lakshmi” of the house, who beholds the wealth and well being of the family. International Women’s Day is celebrated in India and worldwide by conducting various events, meetings, rallies, fashion shows, etc. It is also declared as a government holiday in many countries all over the globe.

Vietnam office celebrations

Vietnam office celebrations

Ladies Football club at Liverpool

Ladies Football club at Liverpool

All women band at London

All women band at London

Women bikers rally at Mumbai

Women bikers rally at Mumbai

People celebrate Women’s day by gifting the women in their lives anything ranging from a flowers to diamonds or expensive chocolates to exquisitely crafted cakes. School children too gift their female teachers with small gifts on the day.

Basket of Red Roses

Basket of Red Roses

Assorted Chocolates

Assorted Chocolates

Dark Chocolate Taj Mahal

Dark Chocolate Taj Mahal

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Shoes & bag themed cupcakes

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Cupcakes with Pink Frosting

 

So, this Woman’s Day why not make the women in your life feel special? It is time to thank your mother for helping you be what you are, for making your wife feel ‘she’ was the best decision you ever made, for telling your friends that they have always been a great support in your difficult times.

We at WarmOven celebrate womanhood and respect this gentle creation of God. This Woman’s Day we offer you a range of assorted cakes, cupcakes and chocolates dedicated specially for the day. Just let us know the way you want to say thanks to your special lady, and we will make the perfect cake for you. You need to simply pick up the phone and tell us what you have decided for the day, the time and place of delivery. And we will carve the perfect surprise which she will always remember.

 

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Fashion themed cake

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Champagne bottle to celebrate the special day

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Cake with pink blossom flowers

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Love You cupcakes

Red Heart Fondant Cake

Red Heart Fondant Cake

White Heart Cake with Heart Motif border

White Heart Cake with Heart Motif border

Gift Box Cake

Gift Box Cake

Red Fondant Heart Cake

Red Fondant Heart Cake

Red Roses Cake

Red Roses Cake

Ribbons & Roses Cake

Ribbons & Roses Cake

White Polka Dot Cake

White Polka Dot Cake

Frosted Cupcake with Heart Topper

Frosted Cupcake with Heart Topper

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Red Heart Cake

Red Heart Cake

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Never-go-wrong Butterscotch Cake

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For the princess

Edited Princess

Pink tiara cake

So, get some time off your daily routine and dedicate just one day of yours this year to the one who dedicates every day of her life to you.

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