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March 8th is International Women's Day, a day with a history as fascinating and unique as the women it celebrates.

The first Women's Day celebrations took place in 1909 in New York City, at the suggestion of American labour activist and suffragist Theresa Malkiel, and in 1910 an annual Women's Day was proposed at the International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1911, over a million people across Denmark, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated International Women's Day.

Soviet Russia was the first country to recognize the day as a national holiday in 1917, after women's suffrage demonstrations triggered the beginning of the Russian Revolution. 

Leon Trotsky wrote of that day that "meetings and actions were foreseen. But we did not imagine that this 'Women's Day' would inaugurate the revolution... But in the morning, despite the orders to the contrary [women] textile workers left their work in several factories and sent delegates to ask for support of the strike... which led to mass strike." One week later, the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, abdicated and the provisional government granted women the right to vote.

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"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."
Simone de Beauvoir

 

Every year in March, we celebrate Women's History Month, a month dedicated to highlighting the achievements of women throughout history and their contributions to contemporary society. 

It's safe to say that we wouldn't be where we are today without the incredible women who pioneered inventions such as computer software, stem cell isolation, telecommunications technology, and even the board game Monopoly.

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At Firefly Books we love food, and we especially love soup!

During the cold winter months there’s nothing more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out. This year we’re making the most of soup season with the help of The Seaweed Cookbook authors and founders of Food for Happiness Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams.

These two know great flavours — Nicole was head chef at Yotam Ottolenghi’s London restaurant Nopi and both have written several cookbooks — and their recipe for seaweed broth is the perfect blend of hearty and healthy.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty starter or a nourishing light lunch or dinner, this soup is sure to hit the spot.

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The first long weekend of the year is almost upon us, and that means an extra day to get out and enjoy the company of our families (it is Family Day Weekend in Canada, after all).

But living in the Great White North, we know that the weather can be unpredictable this time of year and can play a huge part in determining the types of activities you can do outside.

Fortunately we have Dawn Isaac, author of the 101 Things for Kids To Do series, on our side with plenty of creative activities for kids to try indoors and outside.

Whether it’s wintry or warm, blustery or balmy, we have a fun activity for your family to try this Family Day.

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It’s no secret that Canada is home one to some of the most remarkable landscapes in the world, but did you know that it’s also home to some of the most romantic places on earth?

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day or thinking further ahead for a summer holiday, these beautiful places across the country are sure to ignite sparks and take your breath away.

From extraordinary mountain vistas to charming historic cities, here are ten of the most romantic destinations in Canada.

 

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