International Women's Day is March 8, 2012 and we invite you to submit stories about the heroines in your family. We will showcase the best here in our blog.
We're looking for stories from the major to the everyday achievements of women in your family, whether they saved someone in WWII or raised amazing children as single mothers.
Here are comments from our own team about what International Women's Day means to them:
Ania - Marketing Manager, MyHeritage:
"This day we celebrate the amazing women that we all have in our own family histories, those women who devote their lives to giving to their families. We all have stories of the sacrifices these women make for us and it's important to use this day to remember, take note of their actions and apply them to our daily lives."
Rhianna - Support team leader, MyHeritage:
"It's important to stop and take time out from our busy lives to take advantage of International Women's Day and reflect. It's this reflection that brings about new understandings."
Sara - Scandinavian Community Manager, MyHeritage:
"To me it's about bringing awareness to issues and challenges of women whatever they may be at this point of time. I think it's really important that we devote a day to thinking about these things, to help advance the causes for women all over the world."
International Women's Day (8 March) 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.
Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women's right to vote. The word 'Suffragette' is derived from the word "suffrage" meaning the right to vote. International Women's Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women's Day event was run in 1911. 2011 was the Global Centenary Year. Let's reinvent opportunity for all women.
We look forward to reading your stories about the wonderful women in your family.