International Women’s Day

Why it is celebrated on March the 8th?INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAYResearch: Jessica ArteagaThis day – appointed by the United Nations and recognized internationally- is basically a celebration of womanhood, the privilege of being a woman. When women on all continents, divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, assemble to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. What follows next is a brief chronology of the most important events:
The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen , established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honor the movement for women’s rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries.
As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen , International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria , Denmark , Germany and Switzerland , where more than one million women and men attended rallies. Apart from the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job. On 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in
New York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on subsequent observances of International Women’s Day. *1913-1914
As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in
Europe , on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters. 1917 – “BREAD AND PEACE” With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for “bread and peace”. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia , but on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere.
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women’s rights and participation in the political and economic process.

Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women’s rights 

The “Puerto Rican Temperment”

When people find out I am of mixed blood they usually assume I have this bad temper….which I really don’t.  Latinos, Italians, Arabs…pretty much any of these groups will be labled as being hot headed.  Stereotyping an entire group is not healthy nor intelligent.  In addition, different cultures have different ways of expressing themselves. What one culture would find passive, the other normal and vice versa. Try getting to know the person first before making blanket assumptions.


The art of cooking

howbizarre2_215.jpegOne thing I plan to do this year is to revamp my kitchen “hardware”.  I do love to watch the Food channel…I also like to watch shows such as Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel starring Andrew Zimmern.  Even though I will not eat half of what he puts in his mouth I love watching his reactions to exotic foods, the locales and basically what is out there for human consumption.

I watch shows such as Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals and how these people get excited over the simple stuff…they get into their kitchen and man it kind of motivates you to want to recreate what they are making…sometimes works…sometimes doesn’t.  But still is great motivation!

I don’t like the pressure though in some reality shows where cooking is involved.  For someone like myself…too much melodrama.  I am interested in a wide variety of receipes such as Indian, Spanish (Spain), Indonesian, Vietnamese and Arabian.  I get bored with the same dish day after day.  Being a rice eater I know.  I grew up with this as my main staple and it can become a tad boring after awhile.

Also, I think cooking is a good form of therapy as stated in this post: