This Friday is International Women’s Day (IWD) so I feel we need to appreciate the history behind the day. IWD was set up to celebrate all the things women have and will achieve.
The very first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909 on 28th February, the socialist party of America designated this day to honour the 1908 garment worker’s strike, where women protested against working conditions. The Socialist International established a Women’s Day to honour the movement of women’s rights in 1910, which had an unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries.
Because of this in 1911 the first international women’s day was marked (19th March) and more than 1 Million women and men attended rallies. Between 1913-1914 against the backdrop of war, Russian women chose to protest on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8th March in the Gregorian Calendar). However, it wasn’t until 1975 during International Women’s Year that the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8th March, and since has become the official day for cheerleading every single beautiful woman and exposing Women’s Rights.
I have done some research and instead of telling everyone the negatives that surrounds IWD and comparing women to men in a serious way (although still very relevant), I thought I would share some fun facts about women:
- The two highest IQ scores in recorded history belong to women.
- The average woman owns around 25 pairs of shoes (I am probably one of those women, but I only ever wear 2 of them regularly!).
- Women speak around 20,000 words a day (7,000 more than men!)
- Wonder Woman was the first superhero film starring a female lead. It’s also the highest grossing film to have been directed by a woman.
- Women, on average, live two to five years longer than men.
- During puberty, a girls’ brains generally mature two years earlier than those of boys.
- In Russia, there are nine million more women than men.
- The colour purple is used to symbolise women.
- A woman is more likely to trust someone who hugs them for at least 15 seconds. Personally I would rather you didn’t hug me too long because that could get awkward.
- And finally, on average women cry 30-64 times a year, whereas men only cry 6-17 times a year
This International Women’s Day, GLB Graphics, is going to highlight 7 incredible business women who are simply killing it with their businesses. Each day from 8th March we will be showcasing one of these 7 businesses with a blog post, which will explore how they started, what they are proud of and any advice they would give to someone thinking of starting a business.
Can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Your cheerleader, Gemma