Somehow August is upon us. However, August doesn't only mark the end of summer, but also Women’s Month. On March 9, 1956 around 20,000 women marched to the Union Buildings in South Africa to protest for the inclusion of women in laws. Several petitions, indicating women’s anger and frustration, were signed by thousands of women in hopes of changing the times and earning their freedom.
August is a tribute to these women and their actions, but also a tribute to every woman who has ever fought for movement towards less discrimination in their country and around the world. Many women continue to remain in the margins of society, especially depending on which part of the world you live in. But as more and more women strive for greater equality, it is important to recognize this triumphant month.
Over the years, other significant events have happened throughout the month of August, continuously contributing to the rightful naming of Women’s Month. On August 6, 1965 The Voting Rights Act extended itself to African American Women; August 8, 1969 there was an executive order requiring equal employment opportunities for women when applying to jobs; August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sworn in as the second woman and 107th justice to serve on the US Supreme Court; August 12, 1972, Wendy Rue formed the largest businesswomen’s association in the US (NAFE); August 26, 1920, women are given the right to vote; August 26, 1971 was the first Women’s Equality Day, and August 20, 1984 the second US woman in space traveled the space shuttle Discovery. These are just a few of the historic events for women that took place during the month of August.
This month is the perfect time to purchase a gift for the woman or women in your life. Whether its your mother, girlfriend, wife, sister, or friend, give them the gift of relaxation. Now that summer is coming to a close and the stress of jobs or returning to school is back, let them de-stress and celebrate the their lives as women and the progress that has been made in our country.
Help us celebrate the important women in your life by giving them the perfect gift. Stop into our store front in Whitefish Bay or go online to purchase a massage (or three).