International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. (internationalwomensday.com)
It all started in 1908
Oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
That 110 years ago, folks… 110 YEARS!
So, how have we done in 110 years??
In 2017, the Most Powerful Women team reported that women hit a historic high. 6.4% of CEO’s in America’s top 500 are women. Woo-frigging-hoo.
55 years after JFK signed the Equal Pay Act, women still earn less than men in almost every industry. A woman earns 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to a report released by the Senate Joint Economic Committee.
Women are rated lower, even when their work is superior…
Larry Kim wrote a stunning report on gender bias at Wordstream. Turns out when he analyzed data, the women on his team get better seo results, but his customers prefer to work with men and — in fact — rated the men better.
The United Nations Observes 157 “international” days every year…
Social Justice Day, Poetry Day, Wildlife Day, Autism Awareness Day, etc. Almost half the year raising “awareness” for “causes.”
How ridiculous that one of those “causes” is equality of an entire gender.
Not to mention, an issue women have been talking about for 110 years!
Womens Day strikes me as being right up there with “girl power” tshirts.
Yay, it’s international women’s day. Let’s talk about all the things women have done for humanity. Then tomorrow we can forget about it again and go back to the usual business world where 75% of the power is held by men.
Yes, I am a vocal feminist. No, I don’t hate men.
Most of us don’t. There’s women that hate men and men that hate women. It’s not most of us. What we hate is inequality. And if you’re a woman of color, it’s even worse. Don’t believe me? This is from the USA bureau of labor statistics:
When are we going to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk?
That’s what I want to know… I have no answers. Just a lot of questions and the pervasive belief that if having an “international” day made a difference, we wouldn’t still be having the same conversation for 110 years.
The real problem is that until men stop seeing it as an attack on them and start seeing it as a systemic issue, nothing changes. Nothing. For 110 years.
Well, we can vote now… I guess that’s something. *sigh*