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International Women’s Day – 2

Good morning.  My first post got away from me…. giving you the picture without an attached article.

While I have always been concerned about “women’s issues” (ugh — that’s a whole OTHER topic) and “knew of” this annual international celebration, it became more real to me several years ago when my husband and I were traveling in Vietnam.

A Vietnamese friend confided that he felt perplexed at the lack of response he got from American colleagues when he wished them “Happy Women’s Day.” (It’s a national holiday there.)   He said the Americans did not seem to know what he was talking about and they kept asking him about this thing called Mother’s Day and wanted to know if that was another name for the same event.

Behavior doesn’t lie.  And, using the expression “what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying” as a guide,  I spend a lot of time here asking adults to take a look at the example we are setting for our kids.

So today I wonder what it means that other countries honor “women” while we celebrate “mothers.” What does that mean to you?  And what kind of example are we setting for our daughters?

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