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Happy 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

by Melissa Silverstein
March 8, 2011 2:30 AM
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Here's to hoping there is a time when women are treated equally. When we don't have to fight twice as hard for half the pie. For girls to be able to go to school without regard for being assaulted. For girls and women not to be sold into slavery just because they are girls and women. For women's voices and visions to count as much as men's. For people to remember to respect others no matter what color, gender or belief.

Here's to a better world.

Here's a quote from Annie Lennox writing about the day for Oxfam, as one of its global ambassadors.


Despite the fact that half of the world’s population are female, women’s rights have become marginalised as a ‘minority issue’. Many young women feel that the label of ‘feminist’ is, at best, irrelevant to their lives and, at worst, a stigma to be avoided at all costs. Sullied by stereotypes of hairy arm-pitted man haters, the concept of feminism and its principles of equality and anti-sexism need to be refreshed and reclaimed by a new generation. Feminism shouldn’t be an F word. We should embrace it.

She helped start the EQUALS campaign which advocates for equal rights for women.

Here's another post by Kristin Davis who is also an Oxfam global ambassador.

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1 Comment

  • Katie B | March 11, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    I was in one of my classes a couple of years ago studying feminst theatre, and my professor asks the entire class (about 100 people) how many people were feminists. I think 5 people raised their hands including myself. He asked a few girls why they weren't feminists and one said she didn't hate men, another said she didn't think it was relevant. Most young women feel that this issue is irrelevant when it's more relevant today than ever. I have made it a mission of mine to change people's opinions about the word feminism and that it is not a bad word.

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