National Sisters Day – August 4, 2019

Sun Aug 4

What is National Sister Day?

When the group, Sister Sledge, sang “I’ve got all my sisters with me,” it could have been an ode to National Sisters Day
 
which is always celebrated on the first Sunday of August — this year it falls on August 4.
 
Whatever the circumstance, nothing can quite compare to the bond that sisters have.
 
 
 
Venus and Serena are a wonderful example of how far you can go with the support of your sister
 

History and Famous Sisters

 
The English word for sister comes from the Old Norse word “systir”, which derives from the Proto–Germanic “swester.” In some societies, the term “sister” has broadened in its colloquial meaning to include women who share a close friendship. However, whether the relationship is formed by blood or friendship, sisters have been kicking butt and taking names since the beginning of time.
 
1. Trung Trac and Trung Nhi
In 39 CE, the Trung sisters led the first Vietnamese independence movement by successfully rebelling against their Chinese dictators and establishing their own matriarchal independent state. They were raised learning martial arts and studying the art of warfare, and went on to create a large army of rebels who were mostly women!
 
2. Angelina and Sarah Grimke
These sisters were 19th century women’s rights activists and abolitionists, which is extremely impressive considering their own father was a wealthy slave owner in their hometown of Charleston. The Grimke ladies rejected their luxurious lifestyle, moved north, became Quakers, and gave lectures about their experiences witnessing the brutalities of slavery.
 
3. Patricia, Minerva, and Antonia Mirabal
Also known as Las Mariposas, the Mirabal sisters are nationally known heroines in the Dominican Republic for their opposition to dictator Rafael Trujillo. The three young women became symbols of both popular and feminist resistance.
 
4. Serena and Venus Williams
Do we even have to explain this one? Sure, they’re still alive, but they have no doubt made history as being among the greatest tennis players of all time. They have also paved the way for many other African American and Hispanic players in a once very exclusive and homogenous sport. 

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National Sisters Day timeline

1993

The immortal Delanys

Annie Elizabeth Delany was the second black female dentist in New York State and would give free dental exams to children in between looking after the teeth of famous civil rights leaders and authors. Sarah Delany was the first black woman to teach home economics in a New York City school. The sisters were daughters of a slave, and in 1993 they released a book titled Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. They lived until they were 109 and 104 years old. 

1940s

Fearless and fierce

16 year old Stefania and six year old Helena Podgorska hid 13 Jews in the attic of their house in Poland during World War II, even though they lived right next door to an SS officer.

1857

New York Presbyterian

Emily and Elizabeth Blackwell (two of the first American women to receive their medical degree) founded the first hospital for women and children in the US.

39 C.E

A matriarchal take over

The Trung sisters lead the Vietnamese revolution to break away from China and establish their own independent state

Fun Stats about Sisters

80% of Americans have at least one brother or sister
80% of people has at least a brother, a sister, or both! In fact, kids in America are more likely to grow up with a sibling than with a father. Sibling relationships are important in terms of longevity and is expected to be the longest relationship that most people have in their lives. 
 
85% of sibling relationships are positive while only 15% are toxic
Just 15% of sibling relationships are toxic, and seem truly unfixable. Experts suggest if you have an unhealthy relationship with your sibling, that you should try to fix it as soon as you can. It’s better to have them and their love on your side rather than to work on continuously distancing yourselves from each other.
 
33% of their spare time with their siblings
You spend more time with your siblings than with any other person in the world. If you’re close enough in age, you grow up together, go to school together, and even when you get older and move on to your own lives, you still try to communicate with each other as much as you can. 

National Sisters Day FAQs

Is it sister's or sisters?

When referring to the noun in the singular possessive, use sister’s. To refer to the plural, sisters is used. 
 

How can I be a good sister?

To be a loving sister means to be someone your siblings can rely on, a good example for them to follow, and a provider of unconditional love. 
 

Is sister a proper noun?

Other than referring to a nun, the word “sister” is a common noun and is lowercased unless it comes at the beginning of the sentence. 
 

National Sisters Day Activities

  1. Reach out

    If you can't spend time with your sister in person, taking the time to call or send a card is the best gift you can give her. She'll love you just for making the effort!

  2. Be a good listener

    Attentive listening is important through good times and bad. Empathy and attention can go a long way from one sister to another.

  3. Go on an adventure

    Try something new together. What better way to bond with your sister than to push some boundaries?

Why We Love National Sisters Day

  1. It's a time to fix any misunderstandings

    Arguments happen, but don't let them dictate your relationship. Take the day to reach out, fix any unresolved conflict, and strengthen your bond.

  2. No sister? No problem

    While it may seem like National Sisters Day is only for people who have biological sisters, your best friend can be just as close. Let her know how much you appreciate and love her with a sister's night out!

  3. Cherish the memories

    Life is busy, so use National Sisters Day as an opportunity to go through your old photos (and videos) and remember the good times. 

Let’s get social

Here are some special hashtags for the day.

#NationalSistersDay #SisterSister #SisterFromAnotherMister