How to Celebrate Women's Day

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The Russians started International Women's Day in 1909, and they're still the premier celebrators of the March 8 holiday. Around the world, the event is a way to honor women's contributions to history. But in Russia, the festivities go a step further - men and boys are expected to bestow presents on all the women in their lives.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift Ribbons
  • Cookbooks
  • Gift Cards
  • Flower Bouquets
  • Flower Bulbs
  • Plants
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Diamond Earrings
  • Pearl Necklaces
  • Gift Certificates
  • Spa Gift Certificates
  • Think about the women, living and dead, who have helped shape your life. Do something they (or at least a few of them) would have liked.

  • Consider cooking their favorite food, planting their favorite flowers in your garden or sending a check to their favorite charity.

  • Tell your children about the women you admire most. Talk about both the ones you've known personally and those you've only read about in books.

  • Tour an art museum near you and pay special attention to the work of female artists. Or visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

  • Have a party and invite all the women you never get to spend enough time with.

  • Shower the women in your life with wonderful gifts (if you're a man).

  • Accept graciously when the men in your life shower you with gifts (if you're a woman).

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