Soap stars celebrate International Women's Day

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Soap opera actors and actresses take to social media to celebrate women.

Sunday March 8 marked International Women’s Day. The earliest Women’s Day observance, called National Woman’s Day, was held on February 28, 1909 in New York City and organized by the Socialist Party of America. Women’s Day was later adopted by the feminist movement in 1967, and the United Nations began celebrating it in 1977. Today commemoration of International Women’s Day ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere. For some it is a day of protest, for others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

International Women’s Day 2020 focused on creating a gender-equal world. It sees celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility while calling out inequality. Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. It sees the need for the gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage, gender-equal workplaces, and gender-equal sports coverage, among other issues. Women and men were urged to take to social media and put their arms out front and strike the each for equal pose, using the hashtag #EachforEqual. Several stars from daytime soap operas posted selfies celebrating the day.

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Bold and the Beautiful

Bold and the Beautiful’s Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer) shared a photo with his wife Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie Browning, Young and the Restless) and daughter. Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) wished a happy International Women’s Day to, “all the kind, brave, resilient women that inspire me daily and have helped mold me into the woman I am today.”

Days of our Lives

Days of our Lives’ Gilles Marini (Ted Laurent) posted a photo of his wife Carole Marini for being a true leader in his life. Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) revealed she was asked to tape a spot for NBC’s The More You See Her campaign. The official Days of our Lives Instagram posted in honor of the day with a photo of Kristian Alfonso (Hope Brady), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer Deveraux) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Johnson).

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) posted a photo with her daughter along with an inspirational quote from author Elizabeth Gilbert. Colby Ryan McLaughlin (Shiloh Archer) celebrated by sharing a photo of the woman in his life. Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio-Drake) shared several photos including one with Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) and other women who have inspired her with their intellect and who lead by example. Anthony Montgomery (Andre Maddox) posted the words to Phenomenal Women by Maya Angelou, while Briana Nicole (Jordan Ashford) posted a quote from Coretta Scott King. Tamara Braun (Kim Nero and Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives) featured a selfie with her dog.

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Young and the Restless

Young and the Restless‘ Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers and former Nina Reeves on General Hospital) opted for a photo with her daughter and son. She also wrote, “I wanna give special accolades to all the mamas today! Being a mom is the single most difficult, up at dawn pride swallowing siege I have and will ever experience.” And Noemi Gonzalez (Mia Rosales) posted photos of her protesting for equal rights.

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I already gave a shout out to all the ladies today for #internationalwomensday and YES!! I praise us!! Cuz we are naturally badass! Now… I wanna give special accolades to all the mamas today! Being a mom is the single most difficult, up at dawn pride swallowing siege I have and will ever experience. Becoming a mom (the way I did) and the whole journey after has been extraordinary. Sometimes I wonder… “why?” Ha!! I mean, even here my daughter is cringing… “Don’t ruin my look mom” she said. “Your look?? Jeez really? I made your look!”. I said in my inside voice, of course. I have a lot of “inside voices”. I had never worked so hard to become a mom. I have never worked so hard since. They bring me to my knees. I do however predict that one day these two remarkable little humans (that I put my life on hold for on a daily basis) will buy me a small island that I can lounge around on when I’m 105 years old wearing my diaper whilst praising myself for making these two while I so gleefully think about how I sacrificed so much for their future… You get it girls, don’t you? Again… happy #internationalwomensday Mamas!! We deserve praise and and anything else we can get❤️

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