Blog for International Women’s Day 2011
International Women’s Day is exactly one week from today — Tuesday, March 8th. This is a day that first began in 1975 during International Women’s Year and was announced by the United Nations as a day to celebrate achievements and struggles of women all around the world.
Women have accomplished absolutely amazing things throughout history and we continue to do the same today. Without the diligent, kick ass, and inspiring activism of women, we as a collective people would not be who we are today and our worlds — no matter how seemingly different in culture from one location to the next — would not be what it is today. And there is so much more to do.
There are countless women’s rights activists, feminists, womanists, humanists, and socially-conscious people who participate in celebrating International Women’s Day every year. There are currently upwards of 1500 events taking place all over the world this year alone posted on the official International Women’s Day website.
Bloggers have also come to celebrate this day through their blogs, such as the series of interviews the super amazing and fantastic Renee Martin of Womanist Musings conducted with bloggers who make up a good portion of the society and culture blogosphere in 2009. Then again, I could be biased since I was one of the women she interviewed, which you can still read here.
Each year there is a running theme associated with International Women’s Day; this year’s theme is “Equal access to education, training, and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” Going along the vein of this theme, Gender Across Borders is asking bloggers to think about any of the following questions in regards to the U.N.’s theme for International Women’s Day:
- What does it mean to have equal access to education, training and science and technology for women, and how do we get there?
- Describe a particular organization or moment in history that helped to mobilize a meaningful change in equal access to education, training, and science and technology for women.