You probably know that today is International Women's Day. It started in America in 1909 and is now observed all around the world on the 8th of March each year.
There is also an International Men's Day in November in case any men are feeling left out!
I don't have anything particularly wise to say about this, or anything particularly interesting to share.
However, I am now, as ever, in awe of the women who have gone before us, who have fought to get the rights of women to the place they are today. Yes, there is always more to do for the rights of women and of all people, but gosh, we have come a long way haven't we!
So think of those who have gone before, who have fought for us to be able to go to work, not to be shamed if we have a baby out of marriage, for women to have the vote, for women and their money not to be the property of their husbands.
The Alcott family were very interested in such matters of reform for all of society, and Louisa May Alcott wrote this in a letter to the American Women Suffrage Association in October 1885.
"If I can do no more, let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won. "
Although victory may still not be won, we have come so far and we must remember that! We must also go onwards.
I hope that you are having a blessed International Women's Day, whether you are a woman or a man!