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International Women’s Day is March 8: Send flowers to honor strong women

International Women’s Day is March 8 this year, and arrangements are in full swing. This isn’t a romantic holiday; it’s a special occasion to mark the women in your life who make things happen. From suffragists to teachers, pioneers to food bank volunteers, there is bound to be someone in your life who is a hero. Continue reading

About Women’s History Month: Thanking Educators

Now that International Women’s Day is upon us, we thought we’d take a moment to write about a related observance, that of Women’s History Month. Dozens of institutions and museums across the United States are holding special events for this March event and it’s something that interests us here at daFlores.

Thank educators this Women's History Month

Thank educators this Women's History Month

Women’s History Month was first observed in 1981 as a way to highlight women’s achievements in the past. While most of us can pull a few famous names out of a hat, “herstory” didn’t really start to be told until recent decades, and there are thousands of inspirational tales that would make the fine basis of a Women’s History Month occasion. Perhaps this is why, after 1987, Women’s History Week became Women’s History Month… people realized how many stories needed to be told.

As with IWD, Women’s History Month sets a theme each year. This year’s theme is empowerment and education. Whether your mind goes to Rosie the Riveter, the suffragettes, or scientists like Marie Curie, this is rich ground with plenty of material. Women now outnumber men in colleges worldwide, but that has only recently happened. We recently read about Mary Edwards Walker, a woman who qualified as a medical doctor in the Civil War era and ended up as a field surgeon. It’s the determination of women like this to get an education that has resulted in the above turn-around.

With this theme in mind, an obvious recipient of your women’s history month would be a teacher—in particular, a history teacher. These women open your children’s mind to the past and the lessons that can be learned. Those who do not learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat history. If you decide you want to show appreciation for your kids’ teachers in that way, daFlores has the bouquets you need.

Even if flowers aren’t on your mind, we invite you to look around for events around Women’s History Month. At the very least, “herstory” is fascinating, and there’s always something new and exciting to discover!

DaFlores Celebrates International Women’s Day

Across our network of florists, daFlores would not be the same without women. Our team of expert, creative flower arrangers create stunning bouquets for you to send to your loved ones. Our growers produce fresh flowers daily. We have women on our customer service team, ready to serve you around the clock. Our generous satisfaction guarantee states that both you and your recipient must be fully delighted with your flowers, or we’ll work with you to fix whatever the problem is.

International flowers for International Women's Day

International flowers for International Women's Day

We are grateful for the support of women in our family-owned business, and grateful to be able to support women as they make a living for their family. It’s true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and nowhere is that more true than when we use our team to work for you.

If there is somebody you would like to thank for International Women’s Day, we have bouquets that are perfect for the occasion. No matter what you choose, you can rest assured that your flowers will be of the highest quality. We recommend tropical flowers or lilies for a professional, elegant touch, but sometimes the best kind of flowers to send are those you know to be the recipient’s favorites.

Order by 1 p.m. in the country where flowers will be delivered, and you can arrange same-day delivery even if you leave it until tomorrow, March 8. Our talented, bilingual team of customer service associates is on hand to help you, around the clock.

Here at daFlores, we thank you for reading about International Women’s Day, and invite you to partake of the occasion by thanking those who have done the most for your community and family. Teachers and talkers, helpers and shopkeepers are all as deserving as flowers on International Women’s Day. After all, the gesture of giving flowers is innately thoughtful.

International Women’s Day in Australia

As we’ve noted before in our daFlores series about International Women’s Day, a variety of countries are holding their own celebrations and observances this year. Australia is one such, and even has its own website. The cause it has chosen this year is “supporting women’s economic empowerment” in the Pacific.

Flowers for International Women's Day

Flowers for International Women's Day

What this means is that, in some of the countries where women are vendors, they are often targets of harassment, required to pay bribes, and may be charged fees that their male counterparts don’t ever see.

International Women’s Day is not just about highlighting the achievements of women; it is also about highlighting the problems they face and finding ways to solve those problems. At daFlores, we are proud that many of our florists are woman-owned businesses. It’s sometimes hard to recognize that, in other parts of the world, self-employed women face troubles.

A glimpse through the Australian IWD calendar reveals the same kinds of events that we’ve seen elsewhere. Parades make an impression, seminars educate, talks give food for thought. There are so many ways to get a message across, yet it’s gratifying to see that, across the world, we share the common bonds of coming at a problem the same way.

No matter your approach to International Women’s Day, we’re sure that you’ll agree with us that the occasion is worthy of your support. On the personal level, you can thank a community leader with some flowers, or you can join in a cause or attend a talk. On a family level, you can create dialog about stories from around the world, and learn from history. On a wider level, you can become a community leader yourself.

No matter what you choose on International Women’s Day, daFlores is wholeheartedly behind the observance and hopes you have enjoyed our series on the subject.

International Women’s Day: Events and marches in the United States

For International Women’s Day 2012, we’ll focus for a short while on what’s happening in the United States, one of the many countries that’s celebrating women and their accomplishments this March 8. San Francisco, a city that’s well-known for marches and support of equality, held its 22nd annual IWD march today. Hundreds of women showed up to showcase their organizations and work. Women interviewed by local media said they were marching to highlight laws that set women’s rights back in time, not take them into the 21st century.

Cowgirl boots

Cowgirl boots: Find out what they have to do with International Women's Day this year. Source: Morguefile.

In Arizona, the Fine Arts Expo has an exhibit of cowgirls, whose true story was hidden for years as it wasn’t considered “proper” for these women to do the job they did. An art exhibition in Scottsdale shows that story, including the way they were romanticized for Hollywood.

Elsewhere in the California Bay Area, a March 3 event will have speakers and seminars about women and their work. One group that highlights poverty in the USA and low-income communities is part of the mix. This theme ties in with the United Nations International Women’s Day theme of stamping out poverty and hunger in rural communities. This event, too, will include a solidarity walk.

In Tacoma, Washington, a new Native American center is also holding events for IWD. The center will have a 12-hour open day and will hold talks and displays of art and culture in the evening, obviously focused on women. The celebration is free.

These many diverse celebrations are just a few of the ways International Women’s Day is being celebrated in the United States. Tomorrow’s paper or your local events paper may well have some ideas that you can check out if you want to introduce your girls to the celebration or take part yourself. This is the last weekend before International Women’s Day, so why not look into what’s going on in your local community?

DaFlores international flower delivery company is proud to tell you about International Women’s Day and the role women have played in history, and still do today.

International Women’s Day: Getting Girls Involved

The International Women’s Day main theme this year is all about getting girls involved. The theme is there so girls can learn from their elders through seeing good examples. We think this is a great idea. The hope is that through involving girls in International Women’s Day events, thousands of young people will be introduced to inspirational and exciting role models.

Tiny Forget me not

Tiny Forget-me-not

If there’s a woman in your community that you admire, one approach is to invite that person over to dinner to meet your daughters, nieces and their friends. This works best if the woman in question already knows your family, and of course explain that it’s part of an International Women’s Day celebration. Better still, organize your own IWD party and invite one or two guests of honor. If everyone has a chance in advance to find out what March 8 is all about, it’ll make the dialog all the more enriching and thought-provoking.

Another way to get involved is to simply show up at an event and bring the girls in your life along. Don’t make it a passive experience; do some research on any keynote speakers or themes so you can chat about the things the girls are learning (and chances are you’ll learn something too). Perhaps the local Girl Scouts (Girl Guides in some parts of the world) are involved and doing something that you can join. From prayerful breakfasts to charity galas, there’s a lot going on next Thursday for International Women’s Day.

If you can’t go to an organized event, try organizing your own; maybe we’ve given you some ideas you can use. And remember, flowers are a wonderful thank-you for your guest of honor or personal “keynote speaker.” DaFlores can help with that aspect of IWD also, but the rest is really up to you. Please tell us if you organize something!

International Women’s Day is Just Around the Corner

The annual celebration of women and their accomplishments, International Women’s Day, is just around the corner. International Women’s Day, or IWD, takes place on March 8 and is a true international event; the overall theme this year is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures,” but individual countries and organizations pick their own themes, too. The special occasion was first observed in the early 20th century, and has even grown to be an official observance roughly equivalent to Mother’s Day in some places.

In Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, to mention just a few, dozens of events are taking place. We at daFlores.com are curious to know if you’re seeing any International Women’s Day events where you are, or whether you intend to travel to one? On the official website we’re seeing activities as diverse as walking tours and poetry nights, and the IWD site is also asking each event to somehow incorporate girls and young women so that another generation gets to see what women can do.

We at daFlores.com already know what they can do, of course; many of our flower shops are women-owned and our own company is a family effort. Whether you have a Marie Curie in your family or are the kind of person who never lets a neighbor arrive without receiving a casserole, we think it’s important to hold this celebration and to keep the lessons learned in mind throughout the year.

As we go through the next few days, we’ll take a look at ways people are celebrating International Women’s Day, and how you can too. On our side, we see an increase in just-because and thank you flowers; while this isn’t a holiday in the same way that, say, Valentine’s Day is, people still use thank-you flowers to show appreciation for the women in their lives. March 8 is an ideal opportunity to thank teachers, community leaders and kind hearts around the world.

About International Womens’ Day

International Women’s Day has been celebrated each year since 1911. The special day began as a way to recognize women whose contribution to social, political and economic life has been exceptional. International Women’s Day takes place on March 8 and a wide variety of exhibitions and events is put on to celebrate women both past and present.banner_vert_der_en

In some countries, like China and Russia, International Women’s Day is a public holiday. DaFlores has a wide range of bouquets that are suitable for sending to these and other countries. An international flower delivery is a great way of recognizing the smaller but no less significant achievements of the women in your life, friends and family both.

Usually, there is a theme set by the United Nations for International Women’s Day, though this varies across the world. This year’s theme is “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.” The objective is to implement laws across the board that protect human rights and promote equality of options and opportunities.

Not everyone changes the world in a major, obvious way. Not everyone is a Madame Curie or a Susan B. Anthony. Yet across the world, every day, women are making a difference at the local, familial and individual level. Educators, mothers, counselors and an endless stream of women are why International Women’s Day came into being.

It would be entirely fitting to send the women in your life a flower delivery for International Women’s Day. DaFlores has thank-you flowers that are appropriate for family members, friends, co-workers and of course the love of your life. Simply choose the country where you want the flowers to be delivered and select from the options that come up. You can add extras like a box of chocolates or bottle of wine if you prefer, or take advantage of our bundled gifts and gift baskets.

It’s no secret that flower delivery companies like daFlores have many women as their customers. Women, it might be said, are the lifeblood of our trade. We would like to thank all our customers, past, present and future, for their support of daFlores. We are proud to serve you and proud of your achievements.