March 8, 2013

Happy International Women's Day, Ladies!

In Italy it's tradition for men to give women bunches of Mimosa

Happy day to all of you ladies! 

It's a day to not only celebrate the achievements of women worldwide, but also to take stock of how far we have yet to go in terms of ensuring equality for women.

In the wake of the passing of the Violence Against Women Act (finally!)--which was held up because of conservative objections to protections for undocumented, Native American, and LGBT women--it's clear that we're far from having equal rights and protection, even in this country, let alone in even more repressive societies.

This week I went to an event, a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, a book that in 1963 took this country by storm. The takeaway from the discussion was that no matter how much progress has been made in the last 50 years--and things are monumentally different now than they were back then, just think of Mad Men!--we're still only halfway through the movement. And some women are still at the beginning.

But today is a day for celebration; despite the opposition it faced (and the subsequent hypocrisy by those who opposed it), the bill did pass, and this month the UN is convening the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is prioritizing eliminating and preventing violence against women.

So lets toast to the traction being gained by women advocates around the world, and do our part to make their struggle a success:

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