What is International Women’s day?
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
How did it start?
Its can be traced to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences.
So lets start with naming a few of the greatest.
Lotfia ElNadi: Was an Egyptian aviator. She was the first African woman as well as the first Arab woman to earn a pilot’s license.
Ida B. Wells: Was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, feminist and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Ada Lovelace: Was an English mathematician and writer, known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.
Sally Ride: Sally Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983.
Lina Bo Bardi: Was an Italian-born Brazilian modernist architect. A prolific architect and designer.
Cecilia Grierson: Was an Argentine physician, reformer, and prominent Freethinker. She had the added distinction of being the first woman to receive a Medical Degree in Argentina.
Frida Kahlo: Was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home, which is known as “La Casa Azul.”
Miriam Makeba: Was a South African singer, actor, UN goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist.
Olga Skorokhodova: Was a Soviet Union scientist, therapist, teacher and writer. She lost her vision and hearing at age five due to meningitis, and worked in the Institute for the Handicapped.
Halet Çambel: Was a Turkish archaeologist and Olympic fencer. She was the first Muslim woman to compete in the Olympic Games.
Lee Tai-young: Was Korea’s first female lawyer and first female judge. She was also the founder of the country’s first legal aide centre.
Rukmini Devi Arundale: Was an Indian theosophist, dancer and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, and an activist for animal rights and welfare.
Suzanne Lenglen: Was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. She dominated women’s tennis from 1914 until 1926 when she turned professional.
All these women I have named above should inspire us all to want to make change & to be apart of something much greater. Some how I feel not enough people know what women have done for the world.
Are Men & Women equal ?
‘ I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they’re far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater. If you give her sperm. She’ll give you a baby, If you give her a house, She’ll give you a home. If you give her groceries, She’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, She’ll give you her heart. She will always multiple & enlarge anything that is given.’
So why are Women looked at differently too Men?
For centuries, the differences between men and women were socially defined and distorted through a lens of sexism in which men assumed superiority over women and maintained it through domination.HELL NO!! this is the 21 century now things change & will continue to change with GIRL POWER!
The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
I AM 100% A FEMINIST! ‘ WHO RUNS THE WORLD? GIRLS!’ Queen B said that herself! She knows.
I hope all you Women are proud of who you are and what you’ve achieved and continue to always prove why we all deserve the right too; vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn an equal wage, to own a property, to receive an education, to enter contracts, to have equal rights within marriage & to have maternity leave.