Tuesday, March 8, 2011

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2011


Today, is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.  International Women's Day is recognized as a time to celebrate the global inequalities women have overcome and to work on removing inequalities that still remain.  The first International Women's Day was held in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, during the year 1911.  What began as campaigns, rallies, and protest for Women's rights has transitioned, some what, into a celebration of equalities achieved for women, economically and socially. Although it is true we have made great strides, all over the world Women are still treated less than Man.

Some Interesting Facts about the Plight of Women*
Women perform 66% of the world's work, but....
Women represent 70% of the world's poor
6 out of every 10 women experience sexual/physical abuse
Women were not allowed to vote until the year 1920, in the U.S.
1964, The Civil Rights Act was passed, which also help to prevent discrimination of women in the workplace
In times of War, Women are brutally punished
N.O.W., National Organization for Women founded 1966
1987 Congress established Women's History Month

Each year an International Women of Courage Awards ceremony is held.  This year it will be hosted by none other than Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Your favorite social sites are Celebrating International Women's Day, which means YOU can get involved with just a click of a button.  Via Facebook you can sign CARE International Women's Day Petition. The petition will be sent to Congress to encourage our representatives to "support policies that help empower women".  Sign the Petition HERE.  Via twitter you can place bids to have your favorite celebrity (Brett Michales, Brian White, George Lopez, Ashley Tisdale, etc) follow, tweet, or retweet you.  All proceeds from the bids will go to CARE, to help educate Women.  Visit TwitChange HERE

As a Woman, what do you do to EMPOWER those around you?  Men, what women INSPIRE AND/OR EMPOWER YOU?  COMMENTS!!!


*Facts were derived from several internet resources, dates and details vary by source

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