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8 March 2017 / leggypeggy

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Selling vegetables, Kazakhstan

Selling vegetables, Kazakhstan

This morning’s Australian Radio National program included a feature on International Women’s Day (March 8). I found some of the history fascinating.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was in February 1909 in New York, It was organised by the Socialist Party of America, and was in remembrance of the 1908 strike by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union.

Selling textiles, Bolivia

Selling textiles, Bolivia

Weaving, Bolivia

Weaving, Bolivia

Over the next years, women’s days were observed in many countries, including Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland Spain and China.

One such observance in Russia led to their revolution. In 1917, demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg on the last Thursday in February (which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution.

Weaving a mat, Ecuador

Weaving a mat, Ecuador

Women in Saint Petersburg went on strike that day for ‘Bread and Peace’. They demanded an end to World War I, as well as an end to Russian food shortages and czarism.

Leon Trotsky wrote, ‘23 February (8th March) was International Woman’s Day and meetings and actions were foreseen. But we did not imagine that this “Women’s Day” would inaugurate the revolution. Revolutionary actions were foreseen but without date. But in morning, despite the orders to the contrary, textile workers left their work in several factories and sent delegates to ask for support of the strike… which led to mass strike… all went out into the streets.’

Doing laundry, India

Beating laundry on the riverbank, India

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. Two years later, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

To mark this day—which has the theme of ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’—I’m sharing photos that I have taken of women at work in some of the countries places I’ve visited. Most of the photos show women doing traditional jobs.

Painting chess pieces, Uzbekistan

Painting chess pieces, Uzbekistan

Selling fruit, Mongolia

Selling fruit, Mongolia

Next year, on this anniversary, I’ll add photos of women from my travels in Africa. Oh, and in the interest of equal opportunity, I’ll post still more photos and commentary on 19 November to observe International Men’s Day.

P.S. Finishing off this post with a pic of my dear cousin, Jo, who is an amazing cook and a cherished member of my extended family.

Cooking in Seattle

My cousin, Jo, cooking in Seattle

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  1. Transit Address / Mar 8 2017 10:01 pm

    What a great post..
    Showcasing women and their culture from different parts of the world. ..
    Loved it

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  2. beetleypete / Mar 8 2017 10:04 pm

    This is an important day of celebration indeed, Peggy. I was pleased to see your many photos too. Many blogs are rightly celebrating this day, and it is one of the earliest commemorations. However, in a time when ever day seems to be ‘Something Day’, these traditions are in danger of becoming overwhelmed by more trivial issues.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2017 10:06 pm

      Pete, you make a great point. We are almost date-ed out by celebratory dates. I think this one is important and will give coverage to International Men’s Day.

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  3. ralietravels / Mar 8 2017 10:09 pm

    “Back in the day” when I worked for the U.S. foreign aid program, we knew that empowering women was one of the best development tools out there.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2017 10:26 pm

      So interesting that how the reality of getting the women on board makes a huge difference.

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  4. Rashmi Gopal Rao / Mar 8 2017 10:11 pm

    Nice collection of photos!

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  5. The Year I Touched My Toes / Mar 8 2017 10:49 pm

    Great post Peggy and thanks for including the historical notes too.

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  6. toutparmoi / Mar 8 2017 11:39 pm

    What wonderful photos! And such a good way to celebrate the energy and diversity of women in different parts of the world.

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  7. christie jones / Mar 9 2017 1:01 am

    Great photos:) Happy Women’s Day Peggy!!

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  8. lexklein / Mar 9 2017 1:33 am

    I wish some of the women I know and read about – those who disdained the recent Women’s Marches – would read this and understand that both protest and celebration of women and women’s issues are much older than they are and not “merely” a reaction to our new president here. Thanks for the broader perspective – beautifully done.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 1:23 pm

      Nothing new about protesting. In the late 1960s and in my second last year of university 50 of us women sat outside the dorm on Sunday night to protest the draconian hours we had to be in.

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  9. Roxie / Mar 9 2017 1:49 am

    wonderful journey, Peggy, I’m inspired! appreciate this post, we need celebration moments like these!

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  10. Sy S. / Mar 9 2017 2:10 am

    Peggy,

    Another wonderful blog post celebrating women from around the world, in pictures. Yes, we have to many holidays/days for a lot of causes and people. Perhaps, one big one celebrating all.. or just a few for really important causes/people, like this one! I bought a marble chess set in Mexico 50 years ago (pieces broken lost). So the photo you posted on the Uzbekistan Chess Board and painting pieces really was of interest to me. Maybe I will talk to a Uzbekistan friend and have one shipped to me?

    Happy Women’s Day to All

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 1:24 pm

      The Uzbek chess sets are beautiful, but it was disturbing to see children doing the painting.

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      • Sy S. / Mar 10 2017 12:41 pm

        P.S. Sy S. “can’t see the forest for the trees”… I see a beautiful chess set, but others posting see child labor.

        ASIDE–Humanium is an international child sponsorship NGO dedicated to stopping violations of children’s rights throughout the world
        http://www.humanium.org/en/
        (NGO A non-governmental organization)
        There are over 100+ countries where Children’s rights need improvement, Uzbekistan is just one of them;
        Children of Uzbekistan
        Realizing Children’s Rights in Uzbekistan
        http://www.humanium.org/en/asia-pacific/uzbekistan/

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 10 2017 5:09 pm

        I hope people saw both. The chess sets are beautiful. Thanks for the links to information about children’s rights. Very helpful.

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  11. Sadaf Siddiqi / Mar 9 2017 2:46 am

    Nice pics but you are missing in them. Happy Women’s Day!

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  12. Happy woman’s day. Delicius your pick

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  13. phyllis / Mar 9 2017 3:57 am

    This time last year I was on Isla Mujeres in Mexico (Women’s Island.). I went to Mount St Vincent University which was female students only then. So empowering. I enjoyed your pictures Peggy. Remember when you were going to take a picture of someone in Peru and the taxi driver yelled that we were going through Mafia territory and to put your camera away?! Didn’t stop you though..lol

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 1:30 pm

      Thanks Phyllis. Telling me not to do something is more like an invitation to do exactly that.

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  14. sportsattitudes / Mar 9 2017 5:20 am

    Great post and tribute to this Day. It was very interesting to learn the detail and backstory behind this celebration. (Jo looks like she enjoyed that day in the kitchen also!)

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  15. Curt Mekemson / Mar 9 2017 7:03 am

    Someday, Peggy, we will recognize individuals for who they are as a person, not because of who they are because of sex, race, creed, ethnicity, sexual preference, or any of the other numerous ways we try to pigeonhole and put people down. Thanks for your post. It’s important. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:44 pm

      Thanks Curt. I wonder when that day will come?

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      • Curt Mekemson / Mar 11 2017 10:45 am

        I think it needs to come sooner rather than later if humanity is to survive, Peggy. I want to be positive, but sometimes it is hard… –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 11 2017 11:11 am

        Sometimes very hard indeed.

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  16. Dorothy / Mar 9 2017 7:09 am

    Great photos Peggy. The chess painter and the weavers should still be in school so women have a long way to go yet. Progress takes time.

    dorothysstories.wordpress.com

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:45 pm

      I posted those two pics on purpose because I wanted to show that children are still required to work in many parts of the world.

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  17. gerard oosterman / Mar 9 2017 7:51 am

    I forgot to take the first morning’s coffee to my wife. She got up and poured it herself and dove back into bed. 12C this morning.
    Great post, Peggy.

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  18. Vicki / Mar 9 2017 9:53 am

    What a wonderful (and varied) array of images. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. susan@onesmallwalk / Mar 9 2017 11:11 am

    Wonderful selection of photos to celebrate this day. Someday, we may evolve into celebrating an International People’s Day. Best of the day to you 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:47 pm

      I had about 25 more that I wanted to include, but I used a touch of restraint.

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  20. Elouise / Mar 9 2017 12:15 pm

    Thanks Peggy for this colorful, soulful celebration of women and women’s work! Your trip coming up, to Africa, makes me wish I could tag along. 😊

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  21. Louise M Oliver / Mar 9 2017 12:56 pm

    Thank you Peggy for this really interesting history of International Women’s Day and for all of the photos of women doing different types of work. I especially like the one of your cousin, Jo. I think I see a family resemblance there. It’s a pity that there aren’t more women, all over the world, doing non-traditional work. For example, engineers. The ACT Young Woman of the Year is a Phd student in engineering who established a mentoring program for female engineering students. Long may she prosper! Thanks again.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:48 pm

      I hadn’t known about the ACT Young Woman of the Year and her efforts. It’s great news.

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  22. macalder02 / Mar 9 2017 1:07 pm

    A homage of part surrendered to those women who expect their reinstatement that never comes. You have the sensitivity and a big heart.

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  23. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Mar 9 2017 1:49 pm

    Love these wonderful photos of women around the world. Do we dare hope that in the near future, this march will be looked back upon as something they used to do – because it’s no longer needed? Of all the photos, I am most saddened by the little girl painting chess pieces. A child who should be in school is helping her family’s business. It’s not just about women demanding the world be fair – it’s about everyone being able to reach their highest adult potential after first living the safest and most rewarding of childhoods. That includes a great education.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:58 pm

      Yes, a child should be in school. I posted that picture on purpose to show that children are still expected to work in many parts of the world. I took this picture on a Thursday.

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  24. Curious to the Max / Mar 9 2017 2:03 pm

    These are FABULOUS. In your spare time you should publish a book based on this post.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 3:59 pm

      I’d have to travel more and take even more pictures. 🙂

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      • Curious to the Max / Mar 10 2017 3:06 am

        I actually think not. Make it a picture book with the explanations and comments you already make. I’m serious.

        (you’ve never needed an excuse to travel . . . that I’m aware of)

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  25. IreneDesign2011 / Mar 9 2017 3:50 pm

    Great post Peggy and so important to remember and see, how women all over are living their daily life 🙂

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  26. Tamara Hoerner / Mar 9 2017 3:55 pm

    What a phenomenal post Peggy. Thank you for sharing. The photos are beautiful! 🙂

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  27. TheWorryGames / Mar 9 2017 8:39 pm

    What a wonderful post….so inspiring. Love all the colorful photos showing strong women and girls .

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much. I’ve seen a lot of inspiring women on my travels.

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  28. Invisibly Me / Mar 9 2017 10:06 pm

    What a fantastic post, and some wonderful photos too! Thanks for sharing, this is such a positive way to celebrate women.x

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 10:11 pm

      Thanks. I thought it was a good way to celebrate women.

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  29. Scott Levine / Mar 10 2017 3:29 am

    Wow, what a great post, and amazing photos. One day doesn’t seem like enough time to celebrate all of the amazing women who have made the world the place it is. Thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 10 2017 7:50 am

      What a excellent thought. Maybe we need International Women’s Week! 🙂

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  30. Nancy J / Mar 10 2017 4:39 am

    Thank you for this fascinating entry. I have never heard of National Women’s Day until just now. I must be living under a rock. The photos are heartbreaking, beautiful, and show the indomitable spirit of women around the world.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 10 2017 7:51 am

      I’m honoured to have introduced this important day to you. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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      • Nancy J / Mar 12 2017 6:49 am

        I can’t help but stop by your blog. I enjoy it so much. 🌺

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 12 2017 9:43 pm

        Your company is always appreciated.

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  31. Lynz Real Cooking / Mar 10 2017 7:31 am

    Very special Peggy!

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  32. voulaah / Mar 10 2017 11:21 pm

    Happy Women’s day dear Peggy, I really enjoy your very colorful post
    Thank you so much for good sharing
    Have a very nice end of week
    Kisses

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  33. Brenda / Mar 10 2017 11:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing the history of International Women’s Day. Fascinating. The photos made me both happy and sad. They are a wonderful celebration of the strength and hard work of women everywhere, but a sad reminder that young girls and women do not have the same opportunities as males to fully participate in all aspects of society.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 11 2017 12:09 pm

      You make an excellent point Brenda, but one thing I often chuckled about was the fact that women were usually the butchers in South America and Central Asia. I wondered why the men let them have the knives! 🙂

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  34. jeanleesworld / Mar 11 2017 1:51 am

    What amazing colors here, and such life! There’s such an ebb and flow in the movement of these women as they move through their lives. You can imagine the women not doing what they do, and feel the life of the images be sucked away.
    …if that makes sense.
    I like your pictures, is my point. And I didn’t know that about the Women’s Day in Russia! Gosh, I apparently remember NOTHING from my college studies of Russian history (that was going to be my major. I was going to eventually pursue a doctorate in studying the propaganda of early Soviet Russia because I was so fascinated by the use of words to, in a sense, brainwash. Blind to reality, at the very least.).
    Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you share for International Men’s Day! Cheers, Peggy! -Jean xxxx

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 11 2017 12:10 pm

      Thanks for all your kind words Jean. Perhaps I should start on the men’s post now, so it’s fresh in my mind.

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  35. Bun Karyudo / Mar 13 2017 1:31 pm

    This was a wonderful collection of shots showing the women at work all over the planet. Great stuff! Incidentally, I’d really like on of those chess sets from Uzbekistan.

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  36. voulaah / Mar 15 2017 9:36 pm

    Have a very nice wednesday dear
    Kisses

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  37. Green Global Trek / Mar 16 2017 7:55 am

    Great post, Peggy. Nice set of photographs of women at work in many different countries.

    It is always astonishing to me, though, how “international women’s day” is marketed to and gets support from, primarily, women. In the recent Women’s March around the time of Trump’s election in the U.S., it was heartening to see men join the ranks of women to underline the obvious – men have mothers, sisters, daughters, wives etc. It is of course absolutely essential to highlight the role of women in the workforce, around the world and equally critical to keep tabs on the advancement (or lack thereof) in our respective countries, but as Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF has often repeated: improving the economics of women is not a “woman’s issue”. We ALL benefit from gender equality of access to education, to health, to the workforce etc.

    Thanks for a delightful set of visuals!

    Ben (and Peta)

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 16 2017 10:47 pm

      We were in remote India when the Women’s Marches took place, but I was heartened to read about how widespread and well-supported they were. Like Lagarde, I think most non-government organisations agree that gender equality benefits everyone.

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  38. webdaadi / Mar 17 2017 12:09 am

    Wonderful post!! Peggy. You have included best photos and historical notes that are really inspirational. Happy women’s day.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 20 2017 6:17 pm

      Thanks for very much for visiting and commenting.

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  39. artandkitchen / Mar 18 2017 2:48 am

    I feel that this day is now less celebrated here than before. We got used we have more rights. Switzerland was almost the last country in Europe to give women the vote, in 1971! The most incredible thing is that many women were against this because they though that the families would be in danger!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2017 11:07 pm

      How incredible. I hadn’t realised that Switzerland was so slow on this matter and that the women even agreed to let it be slow. Very sad.

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  40. inesephoto / Mar 18 2017 9:32 am

    Beautiful women. Yes, this day was a big deal in the Soviet Union. Hypocrisy in action, as everything else. They used a term Soviet Woman instead of just a woman 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2017 11:10 pm

      Wow, so interesting that they called it Soviet Woman. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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  41. monalisa / Mar 22 2017 9:37 pm

    I adore the movement and stream of this..Beautifully reviewed. I thought that it was extremely promising..
    http://www.dudhwatigerreserve.com/

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  42. suezway / Mar 23 2017 4:02 pm

    Such agreat post!
    It depicts not only the women from different cultures but them in series.
    Truly awesome!!

    https://www.suezway.wordpress.com

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  43. milliethom / Mar 24 2017 8:42 am

    A wonderful post, Peggy, and the history of Women’s Day is fascinating. I humbly confess, I hadn’t known how it all started, so I found this particularly interesting. Your gorgeous and varied photos illustrate it all so well. I’ll look forward to seeing your photos of African women next year.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 24 2017 10:59 pm

      Thanks Millie. I’ve started looking for the best African photos for next year.

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  44. Forestwoodfolkart / Mar 25 2017 2:28 pm

    I have arrived here a little late, Peggy. But I was rewarded with loads of wonderful photographs from all corners of the globe. Women work hard everywhere, don’t they? It is great that this day gives recognition to that effort. The chess sets caught my eye, and the young girl was painting them! Marvellous photograph! Interesting also to read about the connection to the Russian revolution. “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation.” (Ghanaian Proverb)

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2017 3:52 pm

      Oh heck, you aren’t late. 🙂 I hadn’t known about the Russian background until I researched for this post. Thanks for sharing the proverb. It’s so, so true.

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      • Forestwoodfolkart / Mar 25 2017 4:06 pm

        It is a good one, isn’t it? It is a shame that the patriarchy doesn’t always believe this, particularly in some third world areas.

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 25 2017 9:31 pm

        Yep, women still have a long way to go.

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  45. J.D. Riso / Mar 25 2017 11:50 pm

    What a lovely bouquet of female faces from all of our planet’s diverse gardens. 💐

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 26 2017 8:56 pm

      I’m wishing I’d posted more photos. I have plenty.

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  46. mommermom / Mar 26 2017 12:35 pm

    This was a wonderful post, Peggy. I really enjoyed it-and learned a few things. Thanks.

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  47. voulaah / Mar 28 2017 1:25 am

    Have a very nice week dear Peggy
    Kisses from Madagascar

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  48. Christy B / Apr 3 2017 7:32 am

    Thank you for sharing your photos of women ♥ A wonderful tribute, Peggy!

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    • leggypeggy / Apr 3 2017 10:36 am

      My thanks to you for stopping by and for commenting.

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  49. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder / Apr 4 2017 7:27 am

    Beautiful post, Peggy. Women can do wonders, in every sphere of life… 🙂

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