Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's day

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Today marks International Women's Day, a day to celebrate the economic, social, and political achievements of women around the world. In more than 30 countries, it is an official holiday. According to the International Women's Day website, 956 events will be held in 62 countries, highlighting this special day. Some countries continue to emphasize the political and social importance of this day while in other countries, it's become a day for men to express their love and appreciation for the women in their lives, similar to a Mother's Day.

It doesn't really matter how you celebrate this particular day, but I do think its acknowledgment is important. If you are not familiar with the history of IWD, it is interesting. Imagine yourself in that era--fighting for better working conditions and pay. It is those generations that have paved the way for where women are today, though I'd still say globally, women have a long way to go too. Like anything, one small step at a time.

5 comments:

Kristina said...

Tiptoe,
Thanks for the plug! I do think it's important to not take it for granted, particularly, as you point out, women in many parts are still considered or treated as second-class citizens.

Lola Snow said...

It's funny if I had not been on the internet today, I'd never have know about this. I saw this link earlier and signed the petition

http://www.actionaid.org.uk/putyourfootdown/widget.php

Action aid state that a girl in South Africa has more chance of being raped than learning to read. That really brings home how far women have to go.

Lola x

Dr. Deb said...

Didn't know about this awareness day. Thanks for the heads up.

Kara said...

I think this should be a federal holiday in the US!

Tiptoe said...

Yeah to awareness. Glad to have provided the plug!