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Celebrate International Women's Day with Us!

Monday, March 8th has been recognized as International Women's Day for more than a hundred years now, but have you ever wondered how this day came about?


Women's Day History

In 1908, 15,000 women marched through NYC demanding better wages, hours, and voting rights.


In 1909, the United States had its first Women's Day on February 28, and continued until 1913.


In 1910, an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen, where it was proposed that International Women's Day should be held on the same day by every country.


March 19th, 1911, the first international Women's Day was held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.


Sadly, progress took a step back on March 25. Female workers at a garment factory in NYC protested poor working conditions. The owner of the building blocked the doors and set fire to the building in retaliation. 140 women died, most who were Italian and Jewish immigrants.


Conditions for women, men and children workers worldwide proceeded unimproved.


On February 23, 1913, Russian women experienced their first Women's Day. Discussions led to March 8th being set as International Women's Day, as February 23 translates to March 8th in the Gregorian calendar.


In 1975, the United Nations celebrated International Women's Day for the very first time.


In 1996, the first annual theme for Women's Day was announced, a tradition that continues to this day. This years theme is #ChoosetoChallenge.


Italian Women's Day History

Women's Day has been celebrated in Italy since 1922.


However, Women's Day became important after World War II, as women were given a more public voice -- they were finally able to vote and pursue political careers.


In 1945, the Union of Italian Women declared March 8th as Women's Day.


The tradition of gifting yellow mimosas is rumored to have started in Rome after World War II. It is said that in 1946, Communist politician, Teresa Mattei, chose the mimosa because she believed French violets and lily of the valleys were too expensive and the mimosa flower was abundant throughout the area.


La Festa della Donna


Women's Day in Italy is referred to as La Festa della Donna and the symbol of the day is the yellow mimosa.


Women are often gifted yellow mimosas and a torta mimosa, or mimosa cake.


The mimosa cake is a sponge cake with whipped cream; it is a yellow cake topped with mimosa flowers.



What are we doing for Women's Day?


Monday, March 8th, Chef Rudy will be hosting a zoom cooking class from 5PM-7PM to support Chef's Kitchen, a fundraiser for Alameda Family Services.


He will be teaching viewers how to make two delicious dinners - Roasted Branzino and Risotto allo Zafferano.


This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the women in your lives and learn some new skills, while supporting a great cause.


Afterthoughts


We often associate the women in our lives with the comfort of home cooking and carrying on the traditions of special times together. However, women today are more than just caregivers. Now, women are doctors, lawyers, business owners, politicians, teachers, scientists, and so much more. Women have achieved so much since they started fighting for equality and change, but the fight is not over yet.


International Women's Day: an opportunity for recognizing women's contributions and the women in your lives.

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