Happy International Women’s Day!
In honor of our foremothers, matrons and our dísir, I thought I’d share a little background and history about International Women’s Day…”The origins of the holiday can be traced back to March 8, 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged a protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages, according to the United Nations. The police attacked the protesters and dispersed them, but the movement continued and led to the creation of the first women’s labor union” (continue reading What is International Women’s Day?, 2013).
And why do we still celebrate it today? Nimue Brown puts it flat out: “We need International Women’s Day because internationally, definitions of rape are too often shoddy and sometimes non-existent. Worse still there are countries where the female victim of this crime can be punished for sex outside marriage. I’ve heard men speaking on the radio about how if girls dress…
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