Saturday, March 08, 2008

International Women's Day

International Women's day has been ongoing since the 1900's. Women were beginning to enter the work force in greater numbers, but were traditionally segregated into textiles, manufacturing and domestic work. Not surprisingly the working conditions and pay were deplorable. In the western world our struggle seems to have been centered around equality with men in education, work and community. However for women in other cultures just being seen as having some worth is still a great accomplishment.
Some times I feel that women have really made great strides from when I was a young women struggling to feed and clothe myself, however when I see how few women are able to get elected in our country and how the media still treats women in positions of power differently than men I wonder if this battle will ever end. Not until we have an equal number of women in positions of power making decisions and helping to craft laws of justice will we be able to say we are equal.
For all the women around the world today who are marching in solidarity with your sisters around the world I urge you to teach your family, your community and your country to treat you as your deserve to be treated. Until we insist on equality in all areas of our lives it will not happen. We need first to know, understand and treat ourselves as worthy. I urge my fellow sisters to stand tall today and treat yourself as the most important person in your world.

"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."
—Susan B. Anthony


  1. I find it interesting that the company I work for is 95% women. To me this means 95% more gossip! (which is not always a bad thing; at least there's something to do when there's nothing else to do.)

    That's a great quote!

  2. Hmm... is that possibly why the pay is so low or is it that women only women will work for such low wages?

  3. Women gossip, men converse. MEN GOSSIP. (Watch Survivor--they can't keep their mouths shut.) CIA, FBI, Mobs: all about the gossip. My mother worked at GTE, trained 22yr old men to do the jobs above hers, this was common. She had 3 kids, no husband (my sperm donor split for his mistress the DAY I WAS BORN) she had no choice but to take the pay offered. (Happy ending--after 1970's women's lib, Mom was promoted and retired financially secure.) But her father owned mucho land, all went to son. I voted for Senator Clinton, Obama is young, he can take over after her if he is up to it. (I go back and forth.)