International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2013 – The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”
Each year, the UN declares an International Women’s Day theme. This year, their theme hit close to home… “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.
Originally from Delhi, and living in the US, it is hard for me to comprehend what women in India still have to endure today. Unfortunately, it is not only India that still struggles with women’s rights. Throughout the world, including the US, women still fight for equality in some way or another. Although women in the United States have been able to conquer many obstacles about equality, we still have a long way to go. It’s common that we are not always considered, or feel equal to men, whether in the workplace, or even home.
No history book can describe the strength women needed to overcome their hurdles. It’s hard to believe that “in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.” 1909 marked the first International Women’s Day in history. Since then, it has grown. Now, International Women’s Day is celebrated throughout the world. In many countries, it is even considered a National Holiday. As a woman, I am so proud of the improvements we have been fortunate to benefit from. Beginning with Suffrage, the simple right to vote, leading to where we are today, with women in the Government and more, it’s important we understand what it took to get here. We still must continue our efforts.
“The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.”
Although we have come far, our work as women isn’t over yet. It won’t be until there is equality worldwide. Celebrate International Women’s Day today, and every day going forward. Remember, Quiet Voices Are Rarely Heard… we must continue to make our mark.