In honor of International Women’s Day, I’ve decided to give some background on the day and address those who believe we don’t have a need for a day like today.
The first Women’s Day originated in America, on February 28, 1907, to advocate for rights for women in the work force – livable wages, ending sweatshops, and the right to vote. A few years after, a German politicial proposed that the day spread internationally, and 17 countries agreed to have one day a year to honor women who fought and continue to fight for equality. The politician was a woman named Clara Zetkin.
Today, we use International Women’s day to remember and honor those women involved in the fight for equality. It is also used as a day to evaluate how far we have come as a whole, and realize what needs to be done for the future.
– In 2014, full time women workers earned 79 cents to every man’s dollar
– The number mentioned above is even lower for women of color.
– Women make up thee quarters of the 960 million illiterates in the world.
– 23,000 girls under 15 years old could be at risk for femal genital mutilation in the UK, nearly 60,000 females could me living with the consequences of female genital mutilation
For those who still ask: Why isn’t there a day to honor men? There is. On November 19th.
Take today to reflect on the every day ways that women, especially women on color, are continuously oppressed. Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have! Use today as a way to learn and grow!