International Women's Day

08 March 2014



It's International Women's Day. Yay for the ladies!
 This week, Europe is celebrating the rights of women. 

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country.
 As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
― Virginia Woolf


To celebrate today, I'm taking a moment to honour and reflect on all of the women who came before us, who fought so hard, sometimes through tremendous hardships, even faced death, so that women can live better lives, today. Know your history (or rather, herstory!) so that their efforts, sacrifices, and accomplishments are never forgotten.






Videos about famous American Suffragettes:
Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells,

 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Louisa May Alcott and Alice Paul.




 “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
― Virginia Woolf


22 Famous Firsts for Women in US Politics:


31 Women from European History, c. 1500 - 1945
 

The History of Women Scientists:
 

 



I am also taking a moment to honour and reflect on all of the women
 who are standing up for women's rights, today! 

Live for the present, and work for the future, so that our sisters, daughters, and granddaughters will not only have the same rights that we are afforded today, but that maybe one day we won't even need "International Women's Day," because EVERYDAY will be a day in which women will be celebrated, appreciated, and naturally enjoy equality in every corner of the earth.



Love greatly, fight valiantly, and live freely.


In this exclusive, unedited interview, "I Am Malala" author, Malala Yousafzai,

 remembers the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown.



 

 

 Women's Rights are Human Rights 

Women's rights are an essential component of universal human rights.

Amnesty International  : Women's Rights


Women's Rights and Gender Equality in the European Union
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/femm/home.html

 
International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics









“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.”
  - Cheris Kramarae

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
  - Gloria Steinem

"A feminist is any woman who tells the truth about her life."
- Virginia Woolf



 “We need to reclaim the word 'feminism'. We need the word 'feminism' back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist - and only 42% of British women - I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of 'liberation for women' is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? 'Vogue' by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?”
  -
Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman




"A girl should be two things: who and what she wants"
- Coco Chanel 

 "Until women themselves reject stigma and refuse to feel shame for the way others treat them, they have no hope of achieving full human stature."
- Germaine Greer

"Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? 
If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?"
- Germaine Greer


 
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures.
 None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”
  - Jane Austen, Persuasion  

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
 
- Roseanne Barr

“No woman can call herself free
 who does not control her own body.”
  - Margaret Sanger 









“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: 'I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.'

Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas...marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short...and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"...The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.”
- Adrienne Rich





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