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Marking International Womens Day 1975, the feminist magazine Spare Rib reported: '4,000 women marched through London's East End.' Photograph: Red Women's Workshop

Today is International Woman’s Day and I have lots of links to share with you. I will post more links as I find them down in the comment section. So lets get started shall we? INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2011 Official Website There is a lot of information at the site above, including a global event calendar. Check it out! The UN has some interesting facts about the day here: International Women’s Day The United Nations site also has a list of events: WomenWatch: International Women’s Day International Women’s Day 2011 | UN Women The  Daily Star has the following article about International Women’s Day and the woman of Bangladesh.

Live up to its spirit wholeheartedly It is exactly a hundred years to the month that the very first International Women’s Day (IWD) was launched after Clara Zetkin, Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day. At the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910 she suggested that the day, called Women’s Day, be celebrated across the world on the same day to press for their demands for better salary, working conditions and other facilities. Although we have come a long way since 1911, and the UN has been celebrating this day since 1975, one wonders whether the compulsions that had motivated the league of working women to set aside a day in the calendar to draw attention to their plight have been fully addressed, far less met in any fair degree. We feel that this year’s theme, which happens to be the centenary year of the IWD — equal access to education, training, science and technology: pathway to decent work for women — is extremely appropriate and we fully endorse the declaration with the hope that all concerned will do everything that is necessary to pursue the theme to its fullest extent. It is essential to note that bettering the condition of women requires the collective effort of the society and is not the concern of the women alone.

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Comic Riffs – WOMEN’S DAY GOOGLE ‘DOODLE’: Today’s logo invites you to world’s bridges to mark 100th year

Today, Google does more than spotlight the 100th year of International Women’s Day with its home-page “doodle,” in which brightly hued profiles mark the social, political and economic advances of women the world over. By clicking on the company’s logo, you are also guided to today’s global Join Women on the Bridge events.

Click here for Twitter real time search results for the big day…International Women’s Day Real Time Search Results – Google Search

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International Women’s Day: 5 Ways To Help Empower Women

2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of International Women’s Day. The annual holiday has roots in the American Women’s Suffrage Movement and is now celebrated by individuals, organizations and nations around the world. International Women’s Day is a time to honor women and raise awareness about the unique obstacles they face around the world. This year’s theme is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” Learn how you can get involved to support women in the ongoing fight for justice and equality.

Melinda Gates: International Women’s Day: Looking Ahead 100 Years

Today, as we honor those pioneers and celebrate a century of accomplishment, we should also look forward. In particular, we should ask ourselves: How can we build upon those accomplishments? What do we want our legacy to be one hundred years from now?

Here is a link to the Gates Foundation Website: International Women’s Day 2011 | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Toronto Sun takes a look at inequality in Business…Feminine frustration | Life | Toronto Sun

Today we celebrate the power of women. It’s the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day! A magnificent milestone in celebrating the social, political and economic contributions of women globally in the struggle for equality. Events are planned nationwide, worldwide, to hear the voices and shed light on contemporary challenges confronting women in hopes of bettering the lives of women and girls around the globe. Although we’ve come a long way, baby, with changes, improvements and attitudinal shifts, we need to keep shining a light on gender discrimination. The glass ceiling remains un-smashed; macho culture and mindset unshakeable.

In Egypt they are calling for a Million Woman March…I would love to see this: Egypt activists call for Million Woman March – CNN.com

James Bond video for international women’s day shows 007’s feminine side | World news | The Guardian

He’s bedded, rescued, loved and lost his fair share of women over more than half a century, but has James Bond ever paused to consider the rates of sexual assault of young girls going to school in the developing world? That’s one of a number of startling questions posed by a new short film by the artist and director Sam Taylor-Wood, released to coincide with International Women’s Day and starring Bond actors Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.

For a list of articles from Guardian, click here: Comment is free + International Women’s Day | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk I have picked out a few to highlight… International Women’s Day reminds us why feminism must not lose its bite | Natasha Walter | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

International Women’s Day has not, historically, been a huge deal in the UK. It kicked off in 1911 in more idealistic and embattled times, when women all over the western world were seeking basic political and employment rights. With its roots in the international socialist movement, it is perhaps unsurprising that we hear it has more of a profile in China and Russia than in Britain. But it has shifted up a gear this year to mark the centenary, and has been boosted in the UK by the new Equals coalition, which has brought together a raft of charities, arts organisations and individuals to join the celebrations and protests.

International Women’s Day: how rapidly things change | Selma James | Comment is free | The Guardian

We live in revolutionary times. We don’t need to be in North Africa or the Middle East to be infected by the hope of change. Enough to witness on TV the woman who, veiled in black from head to foot, led chants in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, routing sexism and Islamophobia in one unexpected blow. She and the millions moving together have shaken us from our provincialism, and shown us how rapidly things can change. Women in Egypt have called for a million women to occupy Tahrir Square today. Who would have predicted that a month ago? Feminism has tended to narrow its concerns to what is unquestionably about women: abortion, childcare, rape, prostitution, pay equity. But that can separate us from a wider and deeper women’s movement. In Bahrain, for example, women lead the struggle for “jobs, housing, clean water, peace and justice” – as well as every demand we share. The revolution is spreading. Scott Walker, the Tea Party’s state governor in Wisconsin, aims to destroy state workers’ collective bargaining rights. As in Britain, most employees and service users attacked by the cuts are women. A male colleague told demonstrators who had occupied the state capitol: “The administration made a calculation that the men would not support the women. Now they know otherwise.” He ended his speech with the phrase on everyone’s lips: “Fight like an Egyptian!”

Recommit to women’s liberation | Lindsey German and Nina Power | Comment is free | The Guardian

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of International Women’s Day. First agreed at a socialist women’s conference in Copenhagen in 1910, its aim was to campaign for the rights of working women. Today, the lives of women have changed beyond recognition compared with those of their grandmothers and great grandmothers. But the changes in work and personal life have been distorted by the needs of the market and have fallen far short of women’s liberation.

Favianna’s totemic female figure supports the Latina organizer– symbolic of women everywhere– in her work to change the world. International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the powerful idea that ordinary, working-class women can be makers of history.

For more information on the poster above:   Favianna.com :: Art & Activism: International Women’s Day Posters – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Power!

The image depicts a Latina worker organizing her community to stand up for the rights of immigrants. Behind her is a depiction of a feminine figure symbolizing both Mother Earth and every woman on the planet. There is no eye on the figure because the woman is all of us, you and me. In my art practice, I intentionally draw women as powerful, bold, and inspiring beings. One of the greatest challenges for me growing up was to gain my self esteem as a young woman of color because most of the depictions I saw of women showed them as white, thin, blonde, and hyper-sexualized. I became an artist in order to claim my voice, and to show women in our fullest capacity.

Over on the State Department website the next few links below discuss plans Hillary Clinton has to celebrate the day: Secretary Clinton Hosts 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony | U.S. Department of State Blog  The 100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the “100 Women Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through International Exchanges,” a year-long series of events bringing 100 women leaders from 92 countries to the United States. This effort features International Visitor Leadership Program exchanges that highlight key foreign policy issues directly affecting women and girls worldwide.

Secretary Clinton Celebrates 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day | U.S. Department of State Blog

March 8 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. In recognition of this occasion, Secretary Clinton said: “…As many of you know, this anniversary is important to me. At the 1995 Beijing conference, I was so humbled by the positive response to my message that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. But 16 years later, women still bear the brunt of poverty, war, disease, and famine. And when it comes to the boardroom meetings, government sessions, peace negotiations, and other assemblies where crucial decisions are made in the world, women are too often absent.

Check out the list of top 100 women over at Guardian:  Top 100 women | World news | guardian.co.uk Also on Guardian, there is an interesting article and graph regarding UK jobs and the pay gap women have to face. International women’s day: the pay gap between men and women for your job | News | guardian.co.uk And for another link to an article written by Hillary Rodham Clinton: Op-Ed: “Women’s Work-More, Earn-Less Plan Hurts” | U.S. Department of State Blog

Women’s Work-More, Earn-Less Plan Hurts By Hillary Rodham Clinton One of the biggest growth markets in the world may surprise you. You’ve heard about the opportunities opening up in countries like China, regions like Asia and industries like green technology. But one major emerging market hasn’t received the attention it deserves: women.

One more:Slideshow: Secretary Clinton at the 100 Women Event Today « Still4Hill

What are you finding about women today that interest you? Let’s make the comment section a great place to find cool articles about International Woman’s Day.

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