LAURA CARTLEDGE: Like scallops and planting flowers? Then today is your lucky day...

YOU may think today (March 12) is just Thursday.

But, thanks to Google, I can reveal it is also National Girl Scout Day, National Plant a Flower Day and National Baked Scallops Day.

I know, I should have told you earlier so you could plan accordingly.


Being a journalist sees my inbox filled with emails telling me it is this day or that week.

Often there’s a press release to go with it.

For example, we are currently in #BeCrueltyFree week – which sounds nice if you ignore the fact someone felt the need to make a special occasion of it. Rather than us, say, being cruelty-free all the time. That would be better.

You could apply the same kind of thinking to the fact Sunday was International Woman’s Day.

But, until it is the norm, I am more than happy for these things to be given a song, a dance and a special date in the calendar.

Critics can say what they like, but the fact remains our ‘modern society’ has some archaic views of equality.

While you might not be surprised to hear I am all for this, you might be surprised the event first began back in 1911.

Held in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.

It’s quite staggering to think after 104 years, we are still ‘getting there’...

My favourite thing about all the woman talk going around, apart from the fact there was woman talk going around, was discovering the amazing achievements of women past, present and future.

The fire escape, Monopoly, solar-powered homes and beer are all believed to have beeninvented by women. Which on its own makes it an event worth raising a glass to.