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In honor of International Women’s Day 2022, the Embassy of Italy to the United States and the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles are coming together with The Italian Cultural Institutes in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and director/producer Chiara Tilesi of Frequency Productions, alongside We Do It Together, to present One of Us, a film focused on the West Coast-based notable women.
La Festa della Donna or International Women’s Day on March 8 brings a variety of events to cities all over the world. Though Women’s Day was first started in the United States in 1909, it was not long after that many countries started to include it as a national holiday, with Italy commencing its celebrations in 1922. Italian men celebrate women’s day in Italy with the traditional gift of giving women Mimosa flowers. The tradition started in 1946 when two activists – Rita Montagna and Teresa Mattei – fighting for equality of women in Italy, suggested to celebrate the first Women’s Day after WW II by offering branches of mimosa to other women as a sign of respect and support. The Mimosa represents the feminine world. This flower looks very delicate, but it is actually very strong and able to grow in harsh environments.