March 8, 2005
Fiesole, Italia, a “suburb” of Firenze
I was in Italy for a semester abroad when I first experienced Festa Della Donna, or International Women’s Day. Our chaperone, guide, and all-things-Europe expert, Bob, was in his 70s. He was a hoot to be around, sharp, wise, and funny, and even pretty smooth around the ladies, although he was a life-long bachelor (or maybe that’s WHY he was a bachelor.)
Bob treated all of the girls in the program that Festa Della Donna to Baci chocolates and a rose. What a way to uplift us! I’ve never forgotten that, and how special it made me feel, to be appreciated for being a woman and for the unique gifts that being a woman brings to the world. While the world in general may still be far from appreciating the female gender for being who we naturally are, considering us weaker, less intelligent, or simply not valuable as human beings, it can be truly life-changing to be surrounded by individuals or a larger organization that recognizes women’s special gifts and what we have to offer. Diva Connection is built on that very foundation.
It now strikes me as odd that I had never heard of International Women’s Day until I spent significant time abroad, as the holiday originated in the United States. Diva Connection board member Susan Mathison has a great post on International Women’s Day, particularly from a business perspective.
I hope this day helps you to remember why women are so awesome, just as we are. I hope you pass on that appreciation to another woman in your life. Go to Diva Connection and comment on a post, even if you can’t fulfill the request; just some words of encouragement can lift a person up.