International Women’s Day

The world marks International Women’s Day today, an annual celebration that highlights the economic, political and social achievements of women.

“International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men,” the United Nations says.

The day was marked for the first time in the early 1900s. More than one million women and men attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911.  They demanded the right to vote and hold public office, and for an end to job discrimination.

‘It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women’s rights,” the United Nations says.


Filed under Woman Power, World Politics

6 responses to “International Women’s Day

  1. fnord

    Women have come a long way, and pausing to celebrate is good, but we can’t pause long as there is much left to do!

  2. indypendent

    Without women, this world would not last very long.

    Whenever I hear some political hack like Rush Limbaugh calling every woman a Feminazi – I just want to call his mother and ask her if she is so proud of her little boy.

    I don’t want to be superior to men – I want to be an equal. Life is a balance and that should be the way it is between the sexes.

    • I’d love to know if he thinks his Mom is a feminazi or if she “knew her place”. With that sort, women are either one or the other

      I’m happy my Mom and Mrs. O will never know theirs.

    • PrairiePond

      Heh. I dont want to be superior either, but sometimes, greatness is just thrust upon us without our permission.

      Just kidding.

      To quote Tracy, HA!

  3. fnord

    “Without women, this world would not last very long.”

    Well, that sentence can’t be argued. lol

    • Zippy

      Heh, makes me think of the Dilbert cartoon, where Wally decided to try to reproduce asexually.