Guest Blog Post: Happy International Women’s Day Pt. 1 of 2 by Denzil

Early poster for International Women’s Day. (Thanks to Wikipedia.)

International Women’s Day, initially proposed by German revolutionary Clara Zetkin, was initially honored on the streets of New York, March 8, 1909. It was decidedly socialist until feminists embraced it in 1968, and the United Nations joined the festivities in 1975.

This Wiki diagram shows where… hey, wait a minute — why, why, why is the United States blank? How do you celebrate International Women’s Day?…

Red: official holiday. Orange: holiday for women. Yellow: non-official holiday (gifts for women). (Author: Artemka at Wikipedia.)

Marie-Louise Habets went from nurse, nun, and war to fame. Here’s her story, courtesy of Belgian-British blogger Denzil Walton. He’s guested at Happiness Between Tails here and here. (He’s also a professional technical copywriter.) Among his posts about Belgium’s many wonders, he introduces us to the country’s incredible women!…

Discovering Belgium

The life of this Belgian nurse and former nun was portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1959 movie “The Nun’s Story,” which was based on a book by American author Kathryn Hulme. I look at the remarkable connection between Habets, Hulme and Hepburn.

Born in 1905 in the small Belgian village of Egem, in her teens Marie-Louise Habets hears the call of God to become a nun. At the age of 21 she joins the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, an enclosed religious order caring for the sick and poor within their cloister.

She enters their convent on Molenaarstraat in Ghent, taking on the religious name Sister Xaverine. Here she receives training as a nurse. In 1933 Sister Xaverine is sent to work in a mission hospital in the Belgian Congo where she stays for six years, performing valuable work.

Out of Africa

In 1939 she contracts tuberculosis…

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20 thoughts on “Guest Blog Post: Happy International Women’s Day Pt. 1 of 2 by Denzil

  1. Superb story, da-AL. What a woman and she was a savior to all the displaced people and soldiers during the 2nd World War and such a lovely friendship between her friend. Audrey Hepburn herself was a wonderful woman and the picture would be awesome. Thanks so much for your share.

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  2. Such an interesting story, thanks for sharing! The real life heroes often stay in the background … ❤

    The Russians are the best to celebrate International women's day, I think. Our Russian colleagues always got flowers and wine and were invited out for dinner and such … 😉

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. “Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” ( Brodi Ashton)… 🙂

    Hope today and all your tomorrows are filled with peace, love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

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  4. I posted a comment with regard to the woman whose story was written as The Nun’s Story after which the movie was made, on the site to which I was directed. I loved the movie but now have all the information about the woman herself, of which I did not know. I did know it was based on a true story but did not have the details of how her life’s path turned where she still did as she believed she was called to do. Thank you for directing me to this other site.

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