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Today marks the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day. Although the status of women worldwide may look significantly different today than it did in the early 1900s when the holiday was first established, now is an opportune time -->

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Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:13 am
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Today marks the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day. Although the status of women worldwide may look significantly different today than it did in the early 1900s when the holiday was first established, now is an opportune time to reflect not only on the great strides that have been made towards female empowerment in the last century, but also on all the work that remains to be done.

Here are a few poignant examples of the pervasiveness of women’s marginalization and lack of equality around the world to serve as reminders for why everyone, both men and women, should see female empowerment and gender equality as an utmost global priority:

(1) Violence Against Women is Rife Worldwide – The pervasiveness of violence against women is best illustrated by the simple fact that today, one in three women will be the victim of violence. That’s over 1 billion individuals. While innovative initiatives like the V-Day Campaign are committed to leading the charge against this, given the scale of the problem, it goes without saying that existing efforts and global awareness need to be increased exponentially in order to effectively begin chipping away at this pervasive injustice.

(2) Women Are Under-Represented in Politics – Comprising over half the world’s population, women occupy less than 20% of parliamentary seats worldwide. In the United States, women make up 17% of Congress (a decline in recent years). In Egypt, although women fully participate side-by-side with men during every phase of the revolution, there are only nine women in Egypt’s new parliament out of more than 500 seats. Without sufficient representation in government, societies will continue to undervalue and ignore the challenges uniquely or disproportionately faced by their female populations.

(3) Women Are Disproportionately Affected by Conflict – Nearly 80% of the world's 27 million refugees who are displaced by conflict are women and children. Furthermore, the systematic rape of women historically has and continues to be a tactic frequently deployed during war, resulting in the consistent degradation of women living through conflict.

(4) Women Are More Likely to Suffer from Poverty and Lack of Education – Estimates state that 70% of the world’s poor are women, and while some debate may exist surrounding how this statistic was developed, it is well known that women consistently are underpaid for performing the same work as men in several countries. The poverty gap between men and women in the U.S. is the highest of any Western country. What’s more, nearly two-thirds of the world’s billion illiterate adults are female.

(5) Double Standards Exist on How Our Societies Perceive, Value, and Judge Men and Women – And finally, the recent political hullaballoo surrounding the issue of healthcare coverage for contraception – including the absence of a single woman on the panel of a Congressional hearing to contraception coverage, and Rush Limbaugh’s slander of Sandra Fluke, and the support he has received – reminds us that much progress remains to be made for changing the way our own society perceives women. Regardless of one’s opinion on the issue itself, the fact that his and many similarly derogatory remarks have been seen as acceptable to a significant degree should be cause enough for alarm and serious reflection on the way our society today perceives and values women.

By: Nada Zohdy | Policy |

Mike S (86)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:41 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Kit.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 9:19 am
Here, here!! Excellent article, thanks, Kit.

Fiona O (565)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 9:26 am
101st anniversary. Noted and will be shared.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:04 am
Thanks Kit : )

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:05 am

JL A (281)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 10:57 am
Poignant reminders of how much further we have to go.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:19 pm
Lots accomplished but so much more to do. The Vatican could stand to get onside with this.. (to mention just one organization.
Good article Kit. I will be sharing this.

Munro Tapper (80)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:22 pm
Excellent article. Congratulations to our hostess and all of her readers, whom I wish will be enjoying a delightful celebration tomorrow.

Dee C (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 1:33 pm
Wonderful article..
I hate to say it..but I think no matter how far we get..there will always be those out there with their ignorance and nothing good to say..
But indeed we will always move forward and be stronger for it..
Thanks Kit..(great to see you back again)

Nancy M (197)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:10 pm
We had an International Women's Day before we could even vote? WOW

Thanks Kit.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:11 pm
A great post Kit we need more power to all women

lee e (114)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:32 pm
We need more voices from women in every aspect of our governance and politics-- not that I would "always" agree - the sphere of womens intellect is sorely needed to bring about an equal dialogue in a very biased and patriarchal atmosphere that has far surpassed its time in our decision making

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 2:37 pm

Whew, thanks for that Lee. Indeed balance is needed, not just here in the US but world wide. Women's voices need to heard and their skills need to seen.
We are not better than men, but we sure are equal to men. This needs to be known and acknowledged all over the world.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:02 pm
The archetypes are changing.

If women woke up as men tomorrow, would they know what was expected of them?

vice versa

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:25 pm
Of course, if things continue, as they are continuing, with the gay/transvestite thingeee, .....wondered what it would be like to be a cross dresser (I'm more daring than you know) I dressed up in boots, jeans and a
workshirt, opened the front door and walked out into the public. Nobody noticed

Now, if things continue as they are continuing, Mary will get up and say to David, "I feel like being a woman today. Do you mind being the man?"

David says, "Dang! You've been the woman for three days in a row. What's the matter with you?"

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 3:28 pm
Ought oh, the screen flashed that I just got a butterfly reward.

Somebody loves me!


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Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:08 pm

marie C (163)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 4:28 pm
Noted and shared thank you Kit a great article

Agnes N (703)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 5:12 pm
Thanks Kit

pam w (139)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 6:19 pm

No, it won't help women whose genitals are mutilated in Africa and the middle-east...but it's a start!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 7:36 pm

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 8:45 pm
I'm afraid the status of women worldwide Does NOT look significantly different today than it did in the early 1900s! In certain countries (like AMERICA & IRAQ) we've been Pushed Backward in the last 15 years!:(

TomCat S (129)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:46 am
#6 Women are luvable! :-)

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday March 8, 2013, 8:07 am
God bless women all over the world. They ARE equal to men and should be treated as such. Too bad we all are not all treated equally men and women alike worldwide! No one is better or more important than anyone else.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday March 8, 2013, 10:05 am
Hey, Care2 members!
I loves ya, I think this may be a time to remind you guys -

The correct exclamation is not "Here! Here!", but, rather, "Hear! Hear!"
I've seen the "incorrect" form more than once. Since it is a real word, spellcheck won't catch it.
"Hear! Hear!" as in, I am HEARING this! With my EARS, ya know!!!

I believe this exclamation started in the British Parliament, when a speaker gave a particularly good or important speech, his supporters would interrupt at intervals to "urge everybody to HEAR, to LISTEN to what he was saying, to PAY ATTENTION.". It was a form of approval. Parliament could get rowdy and noisy at times!
So - the exclamation means to LISTEN, to HEAR - rather than being about a "place", "here"!

I hope this is helpful to ALL Care2 members!

Thomas H (37)
Friday March 8, 2013, 11:24 am
Here's to the best and brightest of the species. Bravo for Women!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday March 8, 2013, 1:06 pm
Thanks Kit--great post.

Lindsay K (6)
Friday March 8, 2013, 1:57 pm
Noted, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
Thank you

Diane O (194)
Friday March 8, 2013, 3:13 pm
Kit, what a great thread this is! Thank you for posting it for us. Women are special. They wear many hats and do it well. We've come a long way but we still have areas that need attention.


Kit B (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 3:23 pm

What we need most is unity, all women are sisters. We must do all we can to assist those who are not as well off as we, while we continue to grow our own equality here in the more developed countries. So many men are ready and willing to see women thrive, we must never turn our backs on that.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:23 pm
Also rather amazed that this is the first year, and I've been around for 3 score, and more, that I can recall having heard about this Day!
But, then, only here, on Care2.

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:22 pm
Thanks for this brilliant contribution Kit! As many already stated, we could add enough still to those points.
Extra star to BMutiny,***** (you know may can't spell ;) )

Simone Schwinn (0)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:43 pm
Thanks so much for the clear concise article! Viva las mujeras! Happy Women's Day, I hope you all take time to acknowledge and appreciate the women (and girls) in your life.

Katrina & Willi D (90)
Friday March 8, 2013, 9:51 pm
Happy Women's day and keep it going ladies! A lot has been accomplished and there is so much more to do! Cheers!

cynthia l (207)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 2:08 am
Right on, stand tall and united as sisters

Vivien Green (153)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 3:44 am
Thank you Kit noted and shared on FB.
"Sisterhood is Powerful"

S S (0)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 2:12 pm
Thank you.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:48 pm
Noted.Thank you so much for posting .
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