Shine Essay Contest: In honor of Women's History Month, who's the most inspiring woman in your life?

March is Women's History Month, and, while we here at Shine celebrate women and their accomplishments every day, in honor of this special annual event, and of International Women's Day* (which is today, March 8!), we'd like you to tell us about the amazing females in your lives.

Here's how it'll work:
In the next two weeks, write a blog post on Shine about the woman who inspires you the most (if YOU inspire you, tell us about a triumphant and fabulous recent moment of womanhood).

Submit your post to Shine's Manage Your Life section, tag it "Shine essay contest," and hit the "Post This Entry" button. Then come back here to the comments section and let us know your essay is up. (Never written a post at Shine before? It's super-easy. Click here to get started.)

On March 22, we'll share links to our top 10 posts so readers can vote on their favorite. The winner will have her essay featured on the Shine homepage AND receive a prize of fashion and beauty goodies worth 300 bucks! (See the Official Rules for complete details.)

Share a story, say thank you, and let's celebrate women together at Shine.

*Interesting fact: International Women's Day is much bigger than just a Hallmark-made-up holiday. It's been celebrated since the early 1900s and is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. In some countries, women honor one another; in others, men pay tribute to the women in their lives-their mothers, sisters, and significant others-and give them small gifts; and in others, International Women's Day is treated like Mother's Day, with children giving presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

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