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What Do Mardi Gras, International Women’s Day and Pancakes Have in Common?

March 8, 2011

Women supporters of Alassane Ouattara mark International Women's Day with a rally protesting against violence linked to the nation's ongoing political crisis, in the Abobo district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday), International Women’s Day and Pancake Day happen to all fall on the same day.  While the Royal couple flipped pancakes in Northern Ireland, thousands boozed it up on Bourbon Street and the Empire State Building illuminated the New York skyline in orange today, in honor of the economic, political and social achievements of women. However you slice it, today’s a day to celebrate — in your own way.

Vegan pancakes rock, and Fat Tuesday’s a blast, but today, I’d prefer to reflect peacefully, write and honor the women around me.

We all have at least one special woman in our lives. Chances are, she’s lifted you up when you were down, made you smile when you were sad, inspired you to be a better you, and believed in you when even you did not. If you’re lucky, you may have several women like this in your life. Hold onto these gals tightly, and be thankful for them. The heroines of your life should be honored.

As you recognize the sources of strength in your life this week, why not celebrate and get to know other strong women on this Earth? I will do just that in my new column, Heroines for the Planet, which launches this week on Eco-Chick. Each week, I’ll introduce powerful women who have found great success pursuing their passions. And while the means of their successes are vast and varied, they share one thing in common: a care for the greater good.

Whether you’re wearing beads or flipping pancakes tonight, hold space in your heart and mind for the heroines in your life whom you adore. And while you’re at it, please check out my column on Eco-Chick this Friday.

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