Mama Carrie Makes

International Women’s Day 2012

Happy International Women’s Day 2012.

I look forward to a future when we do not need a day to ‘celebrate’ women because it happens all the time.

You’re gonna want to check these out:

International Slutty Women’s Day: A Story in GIFs – Ann Friedman dot com

This is just an unending onslaught of bullshit! It is so tired. I mean, how many times do we have to remind you to get your laws—and sometimes your actual hands—off our bodies?

{**I really cannot do this post justice with a quote.  You must click over to see the accompanying GIFs, which are awesome and hilarious.}

The Spectacular Triumph of Working Women Around the World – The Atlantic dot com

The triumph of women in the workplace has been one of the great success stories of last 100 years. Remember, in the U.S., it wasn’t until 1920 that the states signed a constitutional amendment banning voting discrimination by sex. Less than a century later, the rise of the female worker has added nearly 2 percentage points per year to GDP growth. In Europe, economists estimated that the shrinking gap between male and female employment contributed 25% of Europe’s growing wealth in the last two decades. As the Economist once put it: More than China, more than the Internet, and more than banks and central banking, economic growth is driven by women.

Happy International Women’s Day – Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville

I am angry at what we are denied on the basis of our womanhood, or the insufficiency of our womanhood, or the unacceptable expression of our womanhood, as arbitrarily defined by people fiercely guarding their privilege.

I am angry that we are denied autonomy, dignity, respect, the right of consent, safety, security, opportunity, access, equality—and many things smaller than those.

That anger threatens every day to engulf me, to hold me like a flame under a jar until, starved of oxygen, I disappear into a wisp of smoke. I search each morning for a way to turn that anger into inspiration, fuel, purpose. Today is a day like all others in that regard.

International Women’s Day: 10 Ways to Celebrate – The Washington Post

4. Protest.

International Women’s Day was born of activism — the holiday was founded in 1910, when a German woman named Clara Zetkinproposed that every country devote a day to the needs and political demands of women. While in many countries, the holiday has taken on the sentimental status of days like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, women around the world use March 8 as an opportunity to fight for political freedom, equal pay and working rights, among other causes. The day was marked by protests in Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Palestine, among other countries.

Show Them How to Resist: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures – Flavia Dzodan @ Tiger Beatdown

The problem with resistance is that it is often portrayed in media as this big, terrifying thing that “extremists” do. Resistance is scary! You do not want to be seen as a radical! You will alienate people! And then you will be alone and nobody will listen… And that is precisely why I do it, because if there is one legacy we can leave to the next generation of women is that resistance is the only way to set change in motion. The only way to ensure that change happens is through active, conscious acts of resistance, no matter how small or personal.

Often we are told that in order to resist, we must participate in actions of a certain scale; resistance is not individual, it is the result of a collective effort, it should be at the service of a cause. All of these are true, however, there are also the small acts through which we can live in resistance. A few ways in which we can inspire young girls to resist:

As feminists, united we fall apart – divided we may yet succeed – Zoe Williams @ The Guardian CiF

But my International Women’s Day pledge is for us to act more like a football team and less like synchronised swimmers. Synchronicity is a mug’s game, and things move faster when everybody concentrates on what they’re good at. There is no way we’ll ever reach an agenda where all of us agree, in equal measure, with everything on it. I’ve seen larger, more vivid, more optimistic feminist gatherings in the past six months than in the rest of my life put together, but not one of them has reached its end without a load of time being wasted on one of these classic faultlines…

The women’s movement has a problem with ideological purism: in its discourse it demands not only that we all adhere to a central set of truths but also that we agree on their priority. This task is impossible – you cannot agree a priority between the defence of a woman’s reproductive rights and the rights of women to be protected from violence.

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