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Today is International Women’s Day. It is a time to celebrate the capabilities, skills and achievements of women everywhere, but it is also a time to ask questions about equality.
Here is some interesting information about Women’s Day from the “we are equals” website
International Women’s Day is a big, beautiful celebration of women’s strengths and achievements. It’s honoured in many different ways around the world. It’s lauded by women’s groups and the date is commemorated at the United Nations. In China and 14 other countries, people get the day off work; in Bosnia and Italy women are given flowers by their brothers, husbands and fathers; and in Cameroon, women dance in the streets showing off outfits made from Women’s Day fabric.
The UN explains it perfectly as, “the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men”. It’s a day that’s as relevant today, as it was when it was first marked in 1911. Back then, an impressive one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland all demanding the right for women to vote, hold public office, work and have equal pay.
But whilst it’s a day of celebration, it’s also a rallying cry. It’s a time to ask ourselves big, important questions about how a woman’s life really compares to that of a man’s. And not just here; but all around the world. Because although impressive life-changing advances have been made since that momentous day in 1911, there’s still quite a way to go.
The Guardian newspaper today published a list of 100 inspiring females I wanted to share: you can read the list here. Stella McCartney, whose career has seen her staying true to her values and principles, is a much applauded inclusion in the art, film, design and fashion category.
As today is a day of celebrating female talent, I want to share with you, Blog Reader, the work of two female designers who have impressed me with their willpower, determination and achievements just recently. Licia Florio has a lovely blog, The Maison Happiness, and recently launched a new clothing line that I adore for its simplicity and feminine sensuality that is not compromised by a sartorial cut.
Another designer I have been admiring is Liz Black, whose designs I found via my friend Frances Poulton’s blog. Frances often writes enthusiastically about young designers and those collections that catch her eye – Liz Black’s ‘Concentric Thoughts’ being one of these:
Images from FashionFantasist
Liz Black, who studies at Central Saint Martins college in London, has been named a designer to watch out for by Vogue Italia. Her own label was created just last year, and something about the description of the Liz Black Woman feels fitting for International Women’s Day:
The Liz Black woman is sophisticated and cosmopolitan. She is a daring yet elegant dresser; an intellectual and empowered woman, with a busy lifestyle who demands innovative designs of the highest quality.
The Liz Black label reflects conceptual creativity and a focus on wearable statement pieces with timeless appeal; a minimalist and elegant aesthetic with an emphasis on structural shapes; impeccably tailored and chic pieces that complement the feminine silhouette for the modern fashionista.
Happy International Women’s Day to all. Celebrate if you will with a fashion-fabulous day, but let us not forget that gender discrimination still endures. You can read more about International Women’s Day on the UN website HERE.