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International Women’s Day

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Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the women who have given so much in the past, but also a day to highlight the fight for gender equality. It didn’t start at 12:01am on March 8th, it won’t magically end on March 9th, the fight presses on, but today is an important milestone in the year in terms of bringing that fight to the forefront of thought and to give it the attention it deserves.

From International Women’s Day:

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

This day is not for men to thank women, it’s not a bastardization of Mother’s Day, where we (as men) list our favorite women and say “Thanks, ladies!”, which is what I see a lot of on this day every year. This is a day on which we commemorate the struggle that has come before, the struggle that is still going on, and the long and difficult road we all still have ahead of us. It’s about equal work for equal pay. It’s about feminism. It’s about abolishing the rape culture. It’s about acknowledging the hard work and perseverance of the brave women who have made this world a better place, many of whom have done so with near anonymity.

The Facebook page “I Fucking Love Science” has started the hashtag #womenyoushouldhaveheardof to help highlight some of these women.

Some of my favorites so far:

10421459_1056201687734175_2333303750560017873_n10505320_1056208117733532_1262462428058223134_n11024756_1056422527712091_4026781657311554014_nI urge you, whoever you are, to use this as a day of learning. Learn more about these women and the many others who have gone without recognition for their invaluable contributions to the world.

makeithappenThe social media theme for IWD 2015 is #MakeItHappen, as well as the UN Theme of “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”.

In terms of “making it happen”, I would visit this page, where you can find a list of International Women’s Day events around the world. Pick your country, find something close, and get out there and make it happen.

Other Resources:

The official Facebook page for HeForShe is doing a livestream of a Q&A with Emma Watson, who is taking questions about gender equality. It starts at 1:00pm EDT (12:00pm CDT/10:00am PDT) right here.

The International Women’s Day website has a list of YouTube videos from past IWD’s and other helpful stories. Find that here.

The UN Women website has a similar gallery of videos featuring speeches and various other messages, if you needed a little something to get you pumped up. That list is here.

An interesting article on Forbes.Com listing five reasons to approach this year’s IWD. And here’s that.

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