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International Women’s Day is sponsored worldwide by the United Nations. However, the UN did not originate this special celebration. The roots of this celebration go back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

In 1911, suffragettes started a movement called International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The first International Women’s Day was held March 19, 1911. The event grew from there and has been celebrated annually since. The focus is upon women workers, and advancing women’s rights in the workforce, politics and society.

International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. This year take some time to celebrate this event with your daughters and sons alike. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

Watch uplifting news stories together. Share current news stories with all your children (not just daughters) in a way that is respectful, honest and educational by watching them together. It is not enough to tell our children “girls can do anything.” We need to show them real-life examples of girls who have done great things to help the community. The best value of sharing news stories is giving children the opportunity to see girls and women become victorious in the end.

One recent and outstanding example is Greta Thunberg, the young lady who has drawn attention worldwide to climate change and has been nominated for a Nobel Prize for her work. Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she urges immediate action to address the climate crisis.

Read biographies of famous women. Women worldwide have truly fascinating and remarkable careers and lives. The choices they have made — and their failures — are inspiring, as we learn that these women achieved their dreams only after going through serious setbacks.

Lucille Ball was told by her drama coach that she had no talent and that she should not go into acting. J.K.Rowling purposefully chose two male pen names to publish her books because she felt readers would never read them if they knew they were written by a woman. Jane Goodall began her career as a secretary and was offered additional secretarial work despite her passion and desire to work with apes in Africa.

Say “Thank you.” Have your daughter pick a special woman in her life to celebrate. It can be a grandmother, a teacher, a coach, a neighbor, etc. Every woman deserves to be celebrated and there are a few who deserve a little something extra. Help her write her a card, buy her flowers, or anything else you can think of that would make her feel special and loved. Most importantly, make sure the recipient knows why she’s being celebrated.

Create a vision board. International Women’s Day didn’t happen because somebody willed it to happen. It happened through hard work and perseverance. To give your child that sense of motivation and determination, create a vision board with her. According to The Huffington Post, visualization is one of the most powerful exercises you can do to fill your daughter’s mind with dreams and empowering women.

Create a vision board in the name of International Women’s Day. Use affirmative, uplifting language in the words and find pictures of women who mean something to her, whether it’s a favorite author, athlete, musician, or singer, so she remembers that women are important.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with your daughter will raise her awareness and empower her to be the best person she can be and that, after all, is the best gift any mother can give a daughter.

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Mary Migliaro is an educator, parenting mentor and consultant who lives in Cherokee County.

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