Sunday, March 8, 2009

Happy Int'l Women's Day!

It's International Women's Day! Celebrated every year on March 8th, it's a time to reflect on the accomplishments and advancements made to women's rights around the world. It is obviously also a great time to think about how to move forward - there's never time for a day off when there's social justice to think about.

In terms of accomplishments, there are many to look at. Going back to the women's suffrage movements around the world, there have always been struggles for equality. This year we've already got Iceland's first woman Prime Minister who's openly lesbian, the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the U.S., and some more rights for women in Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

But, we've also got anti-choicers having a field day in the U.S., rape still being used as a weapon of war in Congo, and the Catholic Church is excommunicating doctors for saving lives performing abortions.

So I'll turn to you all and ask what you think are some of the best recent accomplishments, and what advancements do you want to make this year for women's rights around the world?

The only other assignment I leave you with is to show some love to all the women in your life. Let them know you admire and respect them, and that their lives are valued.

(Cross-posted at Jump off the Bridge.)


Bj0rnborg said...

Shes not the first female prime-minister on iceland, there have been atleast one before her.

She is the first openly lesbian prime-minister.

frau sally benz said...

I actually specified that in my original draft of this post and have no idea how I ended up deleting it. But I've fixed it now, thanks!

Ms said...

hey! to celebrate international womens day in London, we honoured 2nd wave feminists and stood up against the normalisation of sexism by having a little go at this University beauty pageant that started up. Check out the action, video and texts etc and tell us what you think at