Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” In fact in China, Russia and Vietnam it’s a national holiday.
Suffragettes have been paving the way for generations. In the last 100 years, women have made leaps of progress, but there is no denying inequalities still exist such as the ongoing sexual violence against women in the Congo or honor killings in the Middle East. Luckily every year the injustices grow smaller. Just look at the past year. Argentina legalized same sex marriage, the first Latin American country. In Nigeria, women fought to stop the Nudity Bill from passing. The bill suggested, “…women over age 14 would be punished for wearing necklines lower than two inches or clothing that exposed any parts of their belly, waist, or thighs. If passed, violators would have to pay a fine between $65 and $325 or serve up to six-months in prison. ”
It’s also a day to celebrate mothers just like you. How about the strides moms make at home and at work? So celebrate the moms who’ve managed to instate childcare at work and moms fighting for better maternity leave plans. Celebrate the moms who’ve managed to potty train their toddler this year or the mom reinvigorating her marriage after years of raising kids and working too hard.
Find an event near you and commemorate the groundbreaking work women around the world are doing.Add a Comment