Archive | March 2011

International Women’s Day

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She is a mother, she is a sister, she is a wife, she is a daughter, she is a woman. She can be hurt from a simple word but she can be very strong when it comes to standing for her rights. Today is International Women’s Day. This day commemorates the murder of 129 women who were set on fire inside a textile factory in New York in 1908. They were standing for their labor rights. The owners of the factory rejected their petitions and locked them inside the factory which was then set on fire.

March 8 became the beginning of a liberation period for women being treated as second-class-citizens. Nowadays this is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. Non-government organizations consider the official recognition of International Women’s Day as an important reminder of women’s role in the society. Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

You can read all about International Women’s Day at www.internationalwomensday.com

The Speech of Victory

David Seidler

“The King’s Speech” took the Oscar this year for Best Original Screenplay. The movie is an inspiring story about stammering king George VI, but it becomes even more inspiring when you learn that it was the writer David Seidler’s lifetime ambition, ever since he subdued his own stutter nearly 60 years ago.

From 3 years old to age 16, Seidler stumbled and sputtered over his syllables so badly that he lived in terror of speaking in class, talking to girls, even answering the phone. He developed a stammer in 1940 on a boat to the United States, where his family moved during World War II. Seidler believes it all began from the trauma of German bombs, the sea voyage and abrupt separation from his beloved nanny.

Seidler was born in 1936, seven months before George VI became the king. As George VI rallied his country, the young Seidler heard the king valiantly struggling through his radio addresses and hoped he might one day master his own speech troubles. He eventually did, in his mid-teens, not long after George VI died in 1952. Soon after that, the desire to one day chronicle the king’s tale came to Seidler, who had decided he wanted to be a writer while still afflicted with his stutter.

You can read the whole story at Detroit Free Press