International Victorious Woman Month is in May and we are geared up to celebrate the achievements of women despite and amid the hardships they face.
History of International Victorious Woman Month
International Victorious Woman Month was first celebrated in 2006 and has grown in scope and size ever since. The Victorious Woman Project was started by Annmarie Kelly. Growing up, she read a lot of books and watched a lot of TV, which she credits with getting her through her childhood and teenage years in a not-so harmonious household.
This is when she started noticing strong women and was fascinated by Nancy Drew, Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Mae West to name a few. After undergoing some personal struggles, she was introduced to Jeanne, who taught her ‘new thought’ and became her spiritual mentor for 20 years. This opened up a whole new world for her, one that eventually resulted in giving her a happier and more satisfying life.
She later started her own business that focused on helping people create better lives. In 2001, she got the idea to write her first book, “Victorious Woman: Shaping Life’s Challenges into Personal Victories.” She interviewed several women and ultimately chose nine poignant stories for her book. What started off as a mere idea became a book, a workshop, a project, and eventually an internationally recognized month.
Nowadays, women are constantly emerging victoriously in various situations. Be it through juggling work and home responsibilities, overcoming hurdles, breaking the glass ceiling, and so on. This month is dedicated to taking stock of the growth and victories of women and celebrating them.
People have been celebrating this month for 15 years now in multiple ways but women should always be celebrated, no matter what.
International Victorious Woman Month timeline
Annmarie Kelly launches her “Victorious Woman” book that plants the seed for International Victorious Woman Month.
Annmarie Kelly receives approval and officiates International Victorious Woman Month.
International Victorious Woman Month marks the beginning of the Phil-Hanna Scholarship Fund for Women at the Tea and Victory event attended by 40 women.
International Victorious Woman Month initiates the Girlfriend Gala and continues to grow in size and stature.
International Victorious Woman Month FAQs
Who invented International Victorious Woman Month?
International Victorious Woman Month began with the Victorious Woman Project, which was started by Annmarie Kelly.
Are there any public holidays in International Victorious Woman Month?
No, there aren’t any public holidays, however, that should not deter anyone from celebrating this empowering month!
How do you celebrate International Victorious Woman Month?
This month-long international event is celebrated with the Victorious Woman Contest, women sharing their personal struggles and victories, and the upliftment and empowerment of women.
How to Observe International Victorious Woman Month
Enter the Victorious Woman Contest
Participate in the Victorious Woman Contest and tell your story of a challenge you faced and how you overcame it. It will be put on the Victorious Woman website where people can later vote for it. Putting your story out there can help you feel better about your victories, which should be celebrated.
Speak about your victory
You can head to the Victorious Woman Facebook page and narrate your victory story in five words. This is quite interesting and can help you connect with a large audience to celebrate your success. It doesn’t have to be something big but rather anything that made you feel victorious.
Download the Victorious Woman Calendar
The Victorious Woman Calendar is an easy guide to show you how you can celebrate each day of Victorious Woman Month. The calendar suggests small activities that can help you feel victorious and empowered
5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Victorious Women In American History
Right to vote for women
Margaret Brent, an American woman, was one of the pivotal players in demanding women’s right to vote.
First female editor
Ann Franklin was the first female newspaper editor in America.
First woman in Marine corps
Lucy Brewer was the first American woman to join the United States Marine Corps.
First female American Olympics winner
Margaret Abbott was the first American woman to win first place in an Olympics event.
First female director to win an Academy Award
Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for “The Hurt Locker.”
Why International Victorious Woman Month is Important
It encourages women
Women have been a powerful force for centuries, however, not many are given enough credit for their victories. International Victorious Women Month, which highlights the struggles and victories of women will encourage others to strive towards overcoming their own challenges and turn them into success stories.
It empowers women
While women’s victories should be celebrated every day, having a dedicated month to celebrate the victorious woman is the icing on the cake. Putting your story out there, sharing it with the world, and receiving support can go a long way in empowering and uplifting yourself (if you are a woman) and other women.
It highlights their lesser-known struggles
While it is important to celebrate the victories of women, it is equally important to also highlight the struggles they face. By talking about their struggles, women can receive moral support from other women so that they know that they are not alone. It provides a chance for women to turn their struggles into success stories.
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