The Laramie High School Zonta Club will be selling yellow flowers during the LHS lunch period, from February 25 until March 6, in respect for International Women’s Day.

International Women’s day is held on March 8 every year and was begun in 1975. The holiday was created to call attention to the worldwide elimination of discrimination against women, along with celebrating the political, social, cultural, and economic accomplishments of women.

Celebrated worldwide, tradition of International Women’s Day holds that men give special appreciation to their mothers, wives, girlfriends, sisters and friends with flowers or presents.

“Z-Club is a high school version of Zonta International, and Zonta does a rose day every March for International Women’s Day, so the club just piggy backed on that idea,” said Tamara Bretting, the advisor for Z-Club and Chemistry teacher at LHS.

Zonta International is a global organization of professionals, leading the empowerment of women through advocacy and service. According to Zonta international, “Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.”

The institution was created on Nov 8, 1919 by Marian de Forest. The Zonta locations are spread across 6 continents , and now has more than 29,000 members, in almost 1,200 clubs across 63 countries.

According to 6 International Women’s Day Facts You Need to Know, by Real Simple Editors, “The International Women’s Day theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual, which reminds everyone that it’s on each of us to help create a gender equal world.” Last year the IWD theme was “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.”

This year will be the sixth time the Laramie High School Z-Club will sell the yellow flowers, which are the symbol for International Women’s Day. Flowers are the most common gift for IWD. In 1946, feminists in Italy chose the Mimosa flower as a symbol for Women’s Day, because of their significance of strength, sensitivity and sensibility. But Mimosas are not the only flower gifted for the holiday. According to The New York Times, flower shops across Russia sell upwards of 150,000 roses on March 8. In 1946, feminists in Italy chose the Mimosa flower as a symbol for Women’s Day, because of their significance of strength, sensitivity and sensibility.

“It is a fundraiser for Z-Club, depending on how many we sell and how many we don’t use. But whatever the profit is, will be going towards their service projects,” said Bretting. The club wanted to buy the flowers locally but will be buying the flowers through an online company instead for cost reasons. The roses will be available for students and faculty at Laramie High School to buy, and will be sold for five dollars each.