Today is International Women's Day, a day where many nations around the world honor what women contribute to all aspects of their societies. In some countries this is on par with a national holiday, in others it may be recognized as part of social celebrations people may chose to honor, but in others this day is almost unknown as it sadly is in the USA.
Here in the Chocolate Cult I wanted to mark the day by pointing out how many of our chocolatiers who have sent products have been women and the women who have been my contact person at these companies. The majority of time, the person who contacts me from a chocolate business is a woman. Sometimes the person who runs the company and makes the chocolate is a woman, too.
While women are said to enjoy chocolate and consume chocolate more than men, I notice in many of the cooking competitions I watch which relate to something chocolaty that most of the competitors are men. I think this reflects the state of "professional" cooking that still sees it as a man's profession even though, at least in the USA, mom and wife is still far more likely to cook at home than dad and husband are.
Today I have a mini-Pilgrimage for you all to participate in. Go out and find a chocolatier in your area who is a woman and buy something from her with a "Happy Women's Day" comment. Then post here where you found such a store and what you got. I'll to this post later after I visit one of our local chocolate shops which is owned by a woman.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.