Mojo Monday ~ International Women’s Day March 8th


The first International Women’s Day events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million people. 100 years on, International Women’s Day (IWD) has become a global mainstream phenomena celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.

March 8th sees extensive global women’s activity. Performer and social activist, Annie Lennox, will lead a mass march across London’s Millennium Bridge for charity. In Washington D.C. over a thousand people will descend on Capitol Hill demanding a better world for millions of marginalized women and girls around the globe. A major international business women’s conference will be hosted in Sydney, Australia. Schools and governments around the world are participating in the day. Trade Unions and charities are campaigning. Global corporations are hosting conferences and distributing extensive resource packs. The United Nations Secretary-General delivers a formal message. The United States even designates the whole month of March as Women’s History Month as officially proclaimed by President Obama on February 28, 2011.


International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. However, activity has not always been on the increase. Australian entrepreneur and women’s campaigner Glenda Stone, who founded the http://www.internationalwomensday.com website, a global hub of events and information, said:


“A decade ago International Women’s Day was disappearing. Activity in Europe, where International Women’s Day actually began, was very low. Providing a global online platform helped sustain and accelerate momentum for this important day. Holding only a handful of events ten years ago, the United Kingdom has now become the global leader for International Women’s Day activity, followed sharply by Canada, United States and Australia. 2011 will see thousands of events globally for the first time.”


More recently, social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube have also helped fuel International Women’s Day activity. Generally the day has moved away from its socialist Suffragette beginnings to become more mainstream in celebrating women’s achievements. Annually thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities, networking events, local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.


Special Notes About International Women’s Day
• International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

• In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.


• The first IWD was observed on March 19, 1911 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international women’s day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.

• 2011 sees the International Women’s Day centenary fall on the same say as Shrove (pancake) Tuesday.

• For a detailed list of International Women’s Day events globally click here

• Follow the International Women’s Day Twitter feed by clicking here.
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day?

Women for Women International ~ Join Me On the Bridge ~ International Women’s Day Video

Mojo Monday ~ Women’s Equality Day * August 26th


On August 26, 1920 Congress passed the 19th Amendment and women finally obtained the right to vote. The 19th amendment states “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

The passage of the 19th Amendment was due to the many women and men who worked diligently within the Women’s Suffrage movement. A powerful film that captures a small segment of time within the movement is called Iron Jawed Angels.

Here is a clip from the film.

In 1971, Rep Bella Abzug led the effort in Congress to officially designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

According to the website of the National Women’s History Project (nwhp.org/resourcecenter/equalityday.php):

“The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.”

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY
This resolution passed in 1971, designating August 26 of each year Women’s Equality Day:

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a
nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Consider doing something special to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this Thursday, August 26th.
  
Share what you plan to do or return after Thursday and leave a comment sharing what you did.

What are your thoughts about women’s equality?

Had you already seen the movie Iron Jawed Angels? Did it have any impact on you?  Did it change the way you thought about voting?