March 3, 2010

Celebrate the Fairer (Read: Superior by Any Measure) Sex

This coming Monday, March 8 marks the 99th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which dates all the way back to 1911. Or 99 years ago, which I believe puts to rest forever the myth that girls can't do math. We ROCK at math, buddy, so put that in your sexist pipe and smoke it!

For nearly a century (girls + history = an amount > boys' best efforts in said discipline), March 8 has been a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. As women, of course, we have an as yet unexplained but irrefutable ability to predict, and therefore celebrate, achievements that happen in the future.
In countries such as China, Russia, Bulgaria and Vietnam it’s even considered a national holiday. Here in the United States, we’ve decided to spend the day working, but by way of consolation have designated the whole month of March “Women’s History Month.”

Thanks for that.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate this awesome sort-of-holiday, go to http://www.internationalwomensday.com/ and search for local events in your city. Last time I looked, there were more than 391 events in more than 20 countries, ranging from movie screenings and charity benefits to workshops and networking luncheons.

Speaking of movie screenings, on Thursday, March 4 (that’s tomorrow!) the CARE-sponsored “Half the Sky Live” event will enrich 500 or more cities in the U.S. and Canada with a one-night-only celebration featuring “uplifting songs, celebrity discussion and the world premiere of the Marisa Tomei-directed 'Woinshet,'" a powerful short film about a poor Ethiopian woman who ultimately triumphs over violence and discrimination. The evening is based on inspiring stories from the critically acclaimed book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

Personally I'd have preferred a Spice Girls reunion, but that's what you get when you start educating women. Slippery slope, see?

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