IWD: Not just a day for flowers

InternationalWomensDay

Clara Zetkin and other founders of women’s rights movements and International Women’s Day would roll over in their graves if they knew that International Women’s Day had been reduced to a day of giving flowers and chocolates to females.  The day was started midst struggle and the truth is that women around the world still struggle.  According to the US census, the median annual income of women age 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2011 was $37,118 and $48, 202 for men.

Celebrate National Women’s History Month by advocating for equal pay for equal work!  Celebrate National Women’s Day by fighting against gender based violence!  Celebrate Women by getting involved, by voting, by demanding politicians take a stand on women’s issues, by speaking out when you hear people make jokes at the expense of women’s safety or dignity, and by teaching our daughters that the world not only can but must be different for them.

Check out this website which is trying to be a hub for March 8th activities and activism around the world.  They have deemed that 2013’s theme should be “The Gender Agenda”

2013 Theme: THE GENDER AGENDA: GAINING MOMENTUM

Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women’s equality.

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