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International Women's Day: Are We Equals?

International Women's Day: Are We Equals?

Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the first International Women's Day events which were held in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911. There's a lot to celebrate and a hell of a lot left to fight for.

There are some people out there who are fond of saying feminism is no longer needed because gender equality has already been reached. But despite the progress made in women's rights there's not a country on earth where equality has truly been achieved.

Annie Lennox, who helped start the EQUALS campaign which advocates for equal rights for women, has written an article on the sobering gender inequity statistics and need to push forward:
“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.”
You can read the entire post over at the Oxfam blog:

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”
— Cheris Kramarae & Paula Treichler
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