Today is March 8 — the 100th International Women’s Day and the web is full of amazing sites focused on creating awareness of women’s achievements worldwide. March is also Women’s History month. Check out the following sites, share them with women in your lives and daughters who need to know that women all over the world fight for the rights we have — and that we should continue to fight for the rights that continue to be out of our reach.
- 11 Extraordinary women will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this coming September and October. Read all about their fantastic accomplishments and this great honor. You can even purchase tickets and be part of this herstorical event. A great thing to do with your daughters.
- Visit this About.com page for a list of Female inventors that no one teaches our children about today. They existed, but their accomplishments have not been publicized. Let’s keep them alive in our conversations.
- Amazing Women Rock just posted a wonderful article about the need for more gender parity called Invisible Women: Where is Half the World’s Population? If women represent 53% of this country’s voices, why are women’s accomplishments being under-represented. Read this for some great insights as to how to go about giving women more visibility and more credit.
- On The New Agenda, Anna Belle Pfau just published a fantastic piece on Stories to Share on International Women’s Day, which posits some very interesting feats by some incredible women like Alessandra Giliani and Sophie Germain. It also introduces us to women from other countries who are taking chances towards empowerment, and in doing so, will change the course of history for all women.
- The Christian Science Monitor has just brought to our attention the Million Woman March taking place in Egypt on International Women’s Day. This is in response to only one women being appointed to the cabinet by the new prime minister. Egyptian women fear that this decision will silence their voices and their roles in the new government.
- This is a great site I just discovered called Women in The World compiled by the Blackstone Memorial Library, which introduces us to great stories by and about women. Check some of them out and introduce them to your kids.
- Randy Shaw, author of Beyond the Fields, just wrote a piece for Beyondchron.org, bringing attention to International Women’s Day in hopes that “celebrating women’s accomplishments will spark efforts to change budget priorities that put women and children last.” I like the fact that a man is writing about a woman’s day and that he points out that this celebration is ignored in the United States. It shows that there are men out there hoping for equal representation of women and that this isn’t just a woman’s fight.
This is all I can come up with right now, but please provide links for our readers to some other sites or articles that you have discovered, which highlight women’s advancements, struggles, and achievements. And take some time to celebrate this day with the women and girls in your lives.
- International Women’s Day: World’s Most Inspiring Women (huffingtonpost.com)
- Germaine Greer | Top 100 women (guardian.co.uk)
- International Women’s Day: how rapidly things change | Selma James (guardian.co.uk)