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International Women’s Day 2018

The 8th March is International Women’s Day.  Also, this year we celebrate 100 years since women here in the UK were given the Vote.  Here is a bouquet of flowers in the traditional women’s colours, purple, white and green.  May you all enjoy today, wherever you are.

Until next time.

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Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Yes it is International Wonens Day and let us hope this year it will be a celebration of the end of sexist behaviour from men. I hear HMG are bringing in a new law for domestic violence, the perpetrator being tagged or banned from drinking alcohol, how on earth will they police that. The younger generation seem to be no better than the last, thinking that women should be cooks and careers and every woman is judged on her looks, why, for pities sake, what does it matter what size your tits are or if you have a lovely fat arse, too much judgement in this world, and all aimed at women. I hope the younger generation of women refuse to put up with this Neanderthal behaviour and prove that they do not need a man in their lives. Blessings on all Women everywhere, flying shit to all men.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you for your comments, Edna. While a lot of men are badly behaved (to put it mildly) many others are kind, loving, helpful, conscientious, considerate people, and perhaps we should not forget that.

    • I cannot identify with what you have said, Edna, though I do agree that sexist behaviour is unacceptable. Apart from my first job back in the mid 1970s, I have not been subject to sexism in the workplace. I worked briefly for a bank which did not grant mortgages to women! But society really has moved on a long way since then.
      I have spent the largest part of my working life in male dominated industries – engineering and transport. Whilst there is certainly ‘banter’ I can honestly report that the men with whom I have had contact have been respectful of the fact that I am a woman. I have managed a team of 12 men, and even though I did not have the technical knowledge that they did, I found that if I treated them pleasantly, they returned that courtesy. I have never felt that I’ve been judged on how I look nor on the size of parts of my anatomy; rather I have, quite rightly, been judged on the quality and standard of my work. Some men are undoubtedly unpleasant and uncaring. The onus on us, as women, is to choose carefully. There are a great many very good, kind and respectful men out there. I count my father, brother, husband, sons and friends among them.

      • Margaret Powling
        Margaret Powling

        Thank you, Eloise, for putting into words how I feel about men. I worked in the civil service before I had my family and the men were always pleasant and courteous and this was in the 1960s when sexism was far worse than it is today. However, I for one would hate the friendly ‘banter’ between the sexes to end. There is a difference between friendly banter and outright sexism, the one is acceptable, the other isn’t.

    • simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk

      Beautiful images of flowers Margaret.
      Very rare I put on breakfast tv but I did this morning and they had Germaine Greer on there saying her piece, did you see it?

      Re – Edna’s comment, not all men are bad, in my early years I lived with an awful man who used to raise his hand to me, the rest of my relationships have been good. There are good and bad women and good and bad men. I certainly don’t live with a chip on my shoulder about things that have happened in the past. I live for today and the future, you know the saying no point in dwelling on the past.

      • Margaret Powling
        Margaret Powling

        No, Marlene, I missed Germaine Greer as we went out early for once.
        I was sorry to hear about that early relationship, but since then yo have known good men, namely your husband and son and no doubt countless others. There are good and bad in both sexes, as you say. Let’s continue to praise the good, be they men or women.

  2. Another one here who abhors sexist behaviour, it has no place in our society, from either sex I might add.
    As with many things in life it’s the few badly behaved people who grab all the sensational headlines whilst the vast majority of people live their lives in an exemplary manner, I have been lucky or perhaps blessed to spend my life with many good men, both relatives and friends, and would not lay all the troubles in the world at the feet of just the one sex.
    Thank you for marking International Women’s Day Margaret, the flowers are beautiful.

  3. Purple and white are my favourite colours of flower. What a lovely selection of pictures you have chosen.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Eloise. The leading photo, the vase of flowers, was a bouquet of flowers from younger son and his partner a few years ago for Mothering Sunday (I still use the original words, Mothering Sunday, which is what we celebrate in the UK, and not Mother’s Day which is how many people refer to it now), and as the colours are perfect for International Women’s Day. I then went through a collection of my flower photos and looked out those with purple or white flowers, the green being the leaves of course.

  4. Such beautiful flowers. Thanks for the cheering pictures.

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