Reading Marie Curie and Her Daughters, by Shelley Emling, this week, I found out that Irene Curie, Marie’s daughter and a Nobel Prize winner in her own right, was the main speaker at an International Women’s Day event in London in the late 1940s. It resonated with me because I am one of the speakers at Lancaster’s International Women’s Day event this Saturday, March 9.
International Women’s Day, as described on the Lancaster event’s Facebook page, “is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911.” So Irene Curie wasn’t even one of the earliest attendees!
The Lancaster event really began last year when “a group of women gathered to begin brainstorming and thinking about how we can influence everyday actions by ordinary people striving to make a difference for the betterment of women throughout the world, addressing issues like poverty, gender inequality, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS/TB/Malaria, access to clean drinking water, education, fair trade….and much more!”
At the event, taking place at The Ware Center in Lancaster on Saturday, March 9, from 9 to 1, you’ll learn about all the issues above. There’s a fair trade marketplace and nonprofits with valuable information. Imagine Goods will be there, a local organization that provides employment in Cambodia for previously exploited or at risk women. There are seminars and speakers. My workshop, titled “I’m No Mother Teresa: Serving the Way You Were Designed,” begins at 11:45. I’ll be talking about how each of us can determine the best way to serve others based on how we were created.