March 12, 2015
This past Sunday was International Women’s Day – a global celebration established in the early 1900’s to inspire and celebrate the achievements of – and March is National Women’s History Month. So, I believe I speak for us all when I say that I am so thankful for all of the wonderful women in my life!
The early 1900’s in American and around the world were a time of great change. Women’s oppression and inequality issues, including working conditions and voting rights, were spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. In 1908 the first National Woman’s Day was observed across the United States. Two years later an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen where German activist and leading voice for women’s equality, Clara Zetkin, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day. The following year, in 1911, International Women’s Day was honored in Denmark, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout the 20th century it has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike, and today many countries around the world consider it a national holiday.
Coincidentally, March 11th marks the anniversary of the first meeting of the 12 Founding Women who would go on to organize the Society for The Danish Old People’s Home, later becoming The Danish Home of Chicago. Celebrating the achievements of these 12 forward-thinking women is paramount, considering all their accomplishments have led to. Today The Danish Home of Chicago, a not-for-profit organization, privately financed and endowed, continues the Danish tradition of caring for its elderly 124 years after its inception.
This year the International Women’s Day theme was Make It Happen and some of our favorite women, The Women’s Auxiliary of the Danish Home, continue to do just that! On April 11th they are hosting their 57th Annual Spring Luncheon and Benefit at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect. For the past 57 years the mission of the Women’s Auxiliary has been to assist in the social well-being of the beloved residents of The Danish Home of Chicago and to help improve their quality of life, and this annual luncheon is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Featuring cocktails, lunch and entertainment by Red Rose Ragtime Duo, this is a fun opportunity to get together with new and old friends, meet residents and learn firsthand about this wonderful senior living community while supporting a wonderful cause. Please consider joining us!