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Celebrating International Women’s Day
March 17, 2012 Elizabeth Gross   

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Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen
From left: Gering Mayor, Ed Mayo, Soroptimists member Sandy Gutwein, Terrytown Mayor, Kent Greenwalt, and Scottsbluff Mayor Randy Meininger hold up the proclamation marking March 8 as International Women’s Day in Scotts Bluff County.

Ladies, did you take time for yourself on March 8? Thursday marked International Women’s Day, a commemorative day created to celebrate the accomplishments of women as they have moved forward in today’s world. International Women’s Day got its start in Russia during the Soviet Union. It was originally called Working Women’s Day and was started as a political movement to celebrate women. It was Russia’s first token of peace after World War I.

Today in Russia, it is celebrated as a day when men will buy roses to show love for the women in their lives. In some European countries, the status of International Women’s Day is the equivalent of Mother’s Day.

International Women’s Day caught on all across European countries and moved to the US in the early 1900s. When the women’s suffrage movement gained momentum in 1908, the first National Women’s Day was approved in the United States. Across the ocean in 1910, representatives of the ‘Women’s Office’ in the Social Democrat Party of Germany, proposed a bill that pronounced March 8 to be International Women’s Day. The bill won the vote with much approval.
In recent times, March 8 has marked a day of celebration for women all across the world. In Scottsbluff, The Spa by TLC and Scotts Bluff County Soroptimists hosted their own celebration to remember the day. They hosted a business after hours event.

Both women and men were treated to wine and food. Jennifer Rogers, a representative from Senator Ben Nelson’s office attended the event and read a letter from Ben Nelson. The mayors of Gering, Scottsbluff and Terrytown signed a proclamation marking March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Whether it’s about buying flowers or taking the day to relax, it was certainly a day for women, a day created to help us remember what our sisters have done before us to make this day so special.
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