Happy International Men’s Day! Today celebrates the men in our lives, whether they be our fathers, brothers, sons, significant others, mentors, or friends.
International Men’s Day falls on November 19 every year. It was inaugurated in 1992 by Thomas Oaster.
But why was this international day created?
According to the International Men’s Day website, this day is supposed to focus on “men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.” It includes “gay and bisexual men, transmen, or masculine non-binary people.”
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In lieu of this day, the KimberlyElise.com team is celebrating the men who have made a positive impact in their lives.
“My dad was extremely impactful in helping create an empowering environment for my sisters and I as we grew up. He consistently reminded us that we were capable of anything, regardless of our gender. He still encourages us to fight against any gender-based obstacles we face to this day.”
– Emily Dinenberg, Associate Editor
“When my mom and my brother first came to the U.S., my dad and I had to wait in the Philippines for another year or so before we were approved to live there as well. I was only 3 or 4 years old back then. My dad raised me all by himself during that time, and I’m grateful for him. And growing up with an older brother helped shaped my personality and interests. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without either of them.”
– Zeila Edrial, Editor
“My dad taught me that success isn’t measured by the materialistic things that we own but by whether we feel fulfilled as as a person. I learned that if there is any moment in life where you feel that something is missing, then it is time to step out of your comfort zone.”
– Isabella Milkes, Contributor
Through his own life and words, my grandfather was one of the most positive male role models I had. He taught me that persistence is key to accomplishing any goal in life. I remember him telling me, ‘If you do something 10 times and it’s not good enough, do it 100 times and you’ll surely be much better.” The idea seemed extreme, to do anything that many times to develop a skill, but he proved it himself in his actions. Persistence is what pushed him through obstacles and likewise, promised him success. It is so inspiring to remember a man with such determination and zeal for life.
– Elizabeth Toy, Senior Editor
And don’t forget- International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. You can read our post about it here.
Who is a male in your life that you want to celebrate today? Share with us in the comments below!