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March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.


International Women's Day is an incredibly important day to reflect not only on the achievements of women but on the ongoing struggles that women worldwide are facing in order to achieve equality in education, health, religion, etc.

I don't talk too often about school or work on my blog but I think today is an important day to highlight that. In 2006, I was involved in my university's production of The Vagina Monologues. The following year, I produced the play at school and became immensely interested in issues pertaining to women's rights. It wasn't long before I changed my major to Political Science and started pursuing internships with organizations devoted to women's rights. Today, I'm in graduate school studying Global Affairs, in particular, the role of women in peacebuilding processes in conflict and post-conflict areas. Upon graduating, I plan to work for an organization that has the same mission as I do: promoting the active participation of women and girls in their societies. One day, I hope to start my own organization and continue this work.

International Women's Day was started here in New York City with women calling for better pay, shorter work hours and the right to vote. Today, it has spread globally and is even celebrated as a national holiday in countries such as China, Vietnam, Russia and Bulgaria.


I ask one favor of all of you reading this, tell people that today is International Women's Day. It's important for everyone to honor women and their achievements and to reflect on their struggles so that we do not forget to continue working toward a better world for women everywhere.

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8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post and reminder to celebrate the ladies!

    I am so fascinated by your major and would love to hear more!

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  2. HI! I just started this whole blog thing and came across your page tonight! I recently put together a "25 before 25" list- however, my list focuses on short term things since I turn 25 in June. Anyway, you blog is awesome!

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  3. Happy Women's Day! I was an International Relations major and have also always been interested in Women's rights - such an interesting and inspiring field of study :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  4. Great post! Did you do a bridge celebration? there wasn't one in my area- but I thought the concept was so cool.

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  5. You're awesome!!! :)

    Happy International Women's Day to us all!

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  6. OMG. I love your blog. My name's Anna, I'm a stylist and visual merchandiser in LA. I'm 23 years old and moved to California after graduating back in south with a degree in visual merchandiser. I've worked with such designers as Max Azria, Nicole Richie, and my idol Rachel Zoe. I'd love if you visited my new blog for multiple posts a day on all things fashion. I'd love the support. I'm following you, I hope you'll do the same. Thanks so much.

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  7. I think that's awesome - and I'm loving all your links on this post. Very inspiring!

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  8. :) Two hours after I left the house yesterday my host Mom called and I though, "Oh no, I forgot something!" And then she said, "I just wanted to tell you to enjoy el Dia de la Mujer!"

    Smile.

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