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Every single person reading this article would be NOWHERE without women. I mean you had to have been born somehow, right?

March 8 is the day to celebrate all the mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, wives, female friends and coworkers alike.

The History

International Women’s Day was created to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world. This holiday first came about on day about over 100 years ago on March 19, 1911 with rallies and organized meetings in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark. That day was chosen because it was the day the Prussian King promised to give women the right to vote. It started the push for equality but unfortunately, he didn’t keep that promise.

In 1975, the UN brought equal rights for women, to light and called that year the International Women’s Year. Then in 1977, they urged everyone to declare International Women’s Day on March 8.

2018 Theme: #PressForProgress

This years theme #PressforProgress stemmed from the findings from World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report. They estimated that it would take over 200 years for the entire world to have gender parity. This pushed multiple movements throughout the year like #MeToo which had women everywhere sharing their experience with sexual abuse and #TimesUp shared by the women of Hollywood who have suffered the same.

How can I participate?

Get involved in your communities local event. Many cities are hosting parades, meetings, gatherings and parties to celebrate gender equality. Share your enthusiasm and appreciation for women on all your social media channels to spread the word to people who may not know to celebrate! You could even volunteer your time to an organization supporting women. If you are really up for it, you could be the one to organize your town’s fundraiser or event for International Women’s Day!

Important Nutrients for Women

Women’s bodies are complex, strong and beautiful. (Like hello, they can create, carry and birth a human life!). We believe that diet can play an important role in our overall health but are there certain nutrients females need more over versus their male counterparts?

Of course!

Here are the top nutrients necessary for optimal health in a female:

  • Calcium – promotes healthy bones, prevents Osteoporosis and one study even shows Calcium preventing breast cancer. Some high calcium foods to include in your diet are almonds, broccoli, kale and sesame seeds.
  • Vitamin D – bones need Vitamin D to absorb Calcium, meaning like Calcium, it also helps prevent Osteoporosis. Try to get some sun 10 minutes a day and if you live in an area where that’s not possible (talking to you Canadians!), you may want to think about supplementing.
  • Iron – helps the body’s blood deliver oxygen to all cells. Deficiency in iron is very common in women so be sure to get your levels checked. Some high iron foods are red meat, fish, beans and spinach. To ensure proper iron absorption, consume iron-rich foods with some vitamin C rich foods like lemons or strawberries!
  • Folic Acid – essential for the growth of a healthy baby. If you are at a reproductive age, this nutrient is important to prevent birth defects in your child. Food sources for this nutrient are spinach, kale, nuts and legumes.

So, on this year’s International Women’s Day celebrate females by thanking them for what they do, get involved in an organization to help support equal pay and share the knowledge on the importance of women!