Hello feminists and women celebrators all over the world! It is pretty much the most exciting day ever, because it is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
This day started back in the early 20th century as way to unite global women’s movements and catalyze demands for women. It was rough and tough, it was in your face, it was even tinged with socialism. Today the day has become much broader, a way to signify celebration and hard work, and offer up an extra platform for all those individuals, groups, and ideas contributing to the advancement of women worldwide.
I myself am scooting out in a bit to attend a big even here in Seattle, the 2011 Celebration of the Health and Dignity of Women, sponsored by Americans for UNFPA. Here’s what else is going on….
- Over at Feministe, Chally rounds up some of today’s great articles in honor of IWD.
- Over on the feminist web comic The Adventures of Evil Bitch and Mean Wit, read Rosaliai’s story in honor of IWD which I think really simply and poignantly shows the power of education in girl and woman’s life…sometimes making all the difference.
- The New Model Housewife gives us some sobering statistics to remind us how crucial organizing for women is, and then some inspiring thoughts for the future.
- Ruth in Asia, blogging from Laos, where IWD is a public holiday (yippee!) talks about the work of MAG, the Mines Advisory Group, which employs and empowers women to do perhaps some of the important work there is.
Also, this year’s IWD has been the year of lists. We announced last week that our own dear Emily Heroy was honored on Women Deliver’s “Women Deliver 100,” a list of 100 men and women who inspire and deliver for women.
Today the Guardian also released their “Top 100 Women” which features director Kathryn Bigelow, and South African runner Caster Semenya.
The Daily Nation, Kenya’s largest paper, released a mini-list of “gallant Kenyan daughters who blurred the gender line.”
The Daily Beast/Newsweek are releasing their 150 “women who shake the world” at their second annual Women in the World summit, happening this week in New York City. You can follow coverage here.
Check them out to get inspired and motivated, and have an incredible day. Check back with us as we continue to live blog IWD!