Tuesday, March 08, 2016

March- Women’s history month
March 8- March 8-14
March 8 is International Women’s Day and March 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters

March 8 is International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD),  is a celebration of respect, appreciate and love towards women and to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements. 
 It is also meant to bring out political and social awareness of the struggles of women world-wide.
The earliest observance of a day like this was on 1909 in New York organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union.  Inspired by the American socialists, German and communist women socialists and in a conference in 1910, 100 women from 17 countries decided to promote equal rights for women including suffrage.  In 1911, IWD was marked with demonstrations around the world. In 1917 there was an IWD demonstration in St. Petersburg which lead to the February Revolution. In the West, we first began observing International Woman’s Day in 1977 after the United Nations General Assembly invited members to proclaim March 8 as the United Nations Day for women’s rights and world peace. Theme this year:   Pledging for Parity
Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own sphere

March 8-14 is National Catholic Sisters Week.

 National Catholic Sisters Week began in 2014 at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota.  It was meant to bring together college women and religious sisters to discuss religious life, pray and reflect on the call of young women in the Church today.
 This year, 2016 “is the first time that NCSW is an annual celebration that takes place from March 8–14. Created to honor women religious, it is a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women. It’s our chance to recognize all they have done for us. It’s also our hope that as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.”
Molly Dever Hazelton and Mary Soher, OP, the co-executive directors of NCSW
expressed their hope that:
“the relationship-building aspect of the project synthesized into the social media/digital world
will enable young women who may be unaware of their call to religious life to attune themselves to hearing God’s voice.”

Each religious congregation has its own way of expressing its charism.
The Sisters of the Resurrection is
“Through the Cross and Death to Resurrection and Glory.” 
Think about it.

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