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Happy International Women's Day!!!! 
8th-Mar-2007 01:25 pm
Today is International Women's Day and I think it is important for all of us to realize how far we have come these past hundred years. We have so much further to go, for both children and adult women, but perhaps for today we can all celebrate.

 We are able to do what we do today because of all of those amazingly strong curvywomen who came before us!

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY- information taken from here

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.

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

At a Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen, an International Women's Day of no fixed date was proposed to honour the women's rights movement and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. Over 100 women from 17 countries unanimously agreed the proposal. 3 of these women were later elected the first women to the Finnish parliament.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's 'Bread and Roses' campaign.

1918 - 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women’s Year' by the United Nations. Women's organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 - 2007
IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !!

Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

These images give me strength to see. They are taken during the global activities from the IWD website:

Global activity continues everywhere on IWD....
                                                                                                                                        Women gather for IWD conference
                                                                                                                                              in Tolagnaro, Madagascar

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in Canada call for action on IWD
                                                                                                                                                      Women gather in Guinea, Africa

                                                 Afghan girls celebrate IWD
                                               at an event organised by USAID              

8th-Mar-2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
I love your icon. I have an idea for a caption for it: "Beware the POWER of a NAKED WOMAN!"

Whadaya think?

And thanks for the post. IWD and March being Women's History Month are very important things. I have to admit that I've occasionally been guilty of believing that the gender gap was closed, so it's important that people are reminded that, for 99% of the world, this is far from true. (And for the remaining 1%, it's not really true, either.)
8th-Mar-2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! The icon is art by William Etty made by violetglow. The caption I have for it is "Strong." I think women are powerful naked and clothed.

You are so right. Most people think the gender gap is closed because it was so far before. Think, even 100 years ago women didn't have the right to vote! Women still, in almost all countries, continue to make less money than men. Women have less access to education than men in developing countries as well as developed countries.
12th-Mar-2007 12:34 am (UTC)
this is awesome! would you please make this public so that visitors to the community can read it also? (posts made to the community are automatically friends-only, but you can change it if it doesn't contain a photo of a member of the community)
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