Taking International Women’s Day to New Heights

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A group of Nepalese women have a goal of climbing the highest peak on all seven continents. The women have already climbed “Everest in Asia, Kosciuszko in Australia and Elbrus in Europe.” To celebrate International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, they are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

The female climbers have taken out loans and gotten sponsors to fund their mountaineering. During their travels, they have spoken at hundreds of schools. They plan to speak to students in Africa this week too. It is important for young people to meet people who are realizing their goals, to learn that anything is possible. If they are able to motivate just one student per visit to set a goal and attain it, their effort is worth it.

The date on the Julian calendar of Russian women striking in February 1917 to protest the deaths of 2 million Russian soldiers corresponds to March 8 on the Gregorian calendar—the birth of International Women’s Day. The Czar of Russia had to grant those women the right to vote. The day is now a national holiday for women in many countries, including Nepal. It is celebrated much like the traditional Mother’s Day in the United States.

If there’s a woman you know who is a role model to you or others, maybe send her a card, candy, or flowers this Friday. You’ll make her day.

Image Source: AP, Photo By Niranjan Shrestha Mon, Mar 4, 2013

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