International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!! (

I’m sponsoring a great celebration at work today for IWD- a luncheon with a whole host of senior women leaders.  I thought I’d share a few facts about IWD and my favorite poem 🙂

  • Global Day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. The first IWD was in 1911.
  • There has been an IWD conference sponsored by the United Nations every year since 1918.
  • There is no set theme. A few for this year- Women@ IBM- Success in the Globally Integrated Enterprise & Accenture- Stretch Yourself- Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020
  • In many countries IWD is a national holiday celebrated much like Mother’s Day is in the US.

And now…my inspiration for all of you….by Maryanne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,

talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?…

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won’t feel insecure around you…

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people

permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.

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