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Happy Women’s Day!

It’s National Women’s Day in South Africa tomorrow, 09 August, which means it’s a public holiday.

Now, I also know what this day means for me…

It will mean a “day off” (I’m a mom… so LOL to that), it will mean a guilt free chocky (because you can’t get fat on Women’s Day, obviously), and it will mean I might not have to cook dinner (dinner DISHES yes, but dinner no). My son has just prophetically announced that tomorrow is my day. He’s nine and has no idea what day of the week it is most of the time, let alone what planet he’s on if Minecraft is anywhere near him…so I’ll take whatever that means.

So that’s my meaning, and I know this day will mean many different things to many different women, but I thought I would share the actual meaning of this day because we have more to celebrate than just a day away from our desks…

 

History of National Women’s Day

The holiday commemorates the national march of women on this day in 1956 to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass’.

The ‘pass’ was an identification document which restricted a black South African’s freedom of movement under apartheid. the pass allowed them to enter ‘white’ areas. The ‘pass’ had come into force under the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.

On August 9, 1956, 20,000 women staged a march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against proposed amendments to the act. They left petitions containing more than 100,000 signatures at prime minister J.G. Strijdom’s office door. They stood silently outside his door for 30 minutes.

The women then sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.). – https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/south_africa/womens_day.php

The march was led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams

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So for me personally, I see Women’s Day as a celebration of what women, regardless of outward differences, can achieve when their inward intentions are to stand together and inspire each other.

So, in the spirit of sharing inspiration, here are some amazing quotes by some fantastic women

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” ~ Melissa Etheridge

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“Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!” ~ Gabby Douglas

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“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” ~ Amelia Earhart

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“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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Happy Women’s Day!

Everyone at Voetsy

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