Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Celebrating International Women's Day
Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a celebration of the achievements of women across the world that first began on March 8, 1911. As we celebrate today, though, let's remember that we still have much to do before we achieve economic parity, equal representation in government, and health and safety that is parallel to that of our male counterparts.
Last year Seal Press attended one of Women for Women International's "Join Me On the Bridge" events, where women across the world gathered on bridges simultaneously to demonstrate solidarity. We had worked closely with Women for Women International through our author, Lisa Shannon. Her book, A Thousand Sisters, describes the work she did sponsoring women in the Congo through Women for Women International. It is a compelling and uplifting story of international sisterhood.
Today, International Women's Day is being co-sponsored by Google, which has put together an excellent page of resources for attending bridge events--in person or virtually--or donating to a variety of agencies that work for women's equality and empowerment.
What are you doing today to celebrate International Women's Day? What do you hope women can accomplish in the future?
Share your thoughts, hopes, and wishes with us today and help us to celebrate how far we have come, and how far we will go in the future.