March 8th International Women’s Day.

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A day to wear purple and give a shout out to all the women of the world who have stood the test of time.  To all the Women who are Sisters, Mothers, Care Takers, Single Girls, Wives, Divorcees, and Widows.  Women who have reached out and achieved their dreams, Women who have stepped back to support a loved one or colleague and allowed that person to achieve their dreams.  Women who have stood fearfully in a corner and refused to back down and to Women who in the glorious prime of their life, found themselves alone once again and refused to stop living. To all Women of the world, it is an honor to be part of this fabulous group!

In the United States, National Women’s Day began February 28,1909 in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York.  Women protested against poor working conditions and long hours.  The first International Women’s Day was then celebrated March 19,1911 and then in Germany March 8th 1914.  December 1977 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution and declared March 8th as a day for women’s rights and International Peace. These rights included the right to vote, hold public office and a voice against employment and sex discrimination. Wearing a purple ribbon on your wrist this day supports women’s equality, justice, dignity and respect to all women.

Kathrine Virginia Switzer became the first woman to run in the 1967 Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant.  Unintendedly registering as “gender-neutral”, K.V. Switzer, was issued a number as an oversight of the Boston marathon committee. Race official Jock Semple spotted Switzer running the marathon course and attempted to physically remove her from the race and demanded she remove her race number bib. Switzers’ then boyfriend jogging along side of her responded by shoving the offical back out of the way and Switzer went on to complete the marathon 1 hour and 20 minutes behind the unregistered, first female finisher Bobbi Gibb.

Photographs of the incident spread worldwide. Director of the Boston Athletic Association, Will Cloney simply stated” women cannot run in the marathon because the rules forbid it”.  The Amateur Athletics Union bared women from all competitions with men until 1972, when women officially ran the Boston marathon for the first time. Mrs. Switzer and Bobbi Gibb both went on to amazing careers and continued running and supporting female runners.

Wilco Wellness would like to give a shout up to the Women in Williamson County who believe in community and supporting healthy sustainable businesses. Believing that each step forward they took was a step forward in supporting their families and improving the world around them. Click on each name below to learn more about these amazingly creative and talented women.

Melissa Bustos – CEO and Founder of Rock Solid Health

Susan Oberg – Personal Life Coaching and mom of 3 girls

Priscilla Bechtinger- Co Founder of Melange De Chocolat and Chocolatier

Grace Womack – Founder of Mama Grace’s Kitchen