International Women’s Day

From Library of Congress
Women speaking up and changing the world.
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14-yr. old striker, Fola La Follette, and Rose Livingston
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March 8—100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

There are facebook pages and stories here and there in the media. Here are two that seemed pretty worthy to bring to light.

First, suggestions for improving the status of women from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:

“Today is International Women’s Day, and in fact the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. It’s a date that is much better known abroad but is beginning to get more traction in the U.S. as well.

So what interventions get the most bang for the buck in raising the status of women around the world? What is most helpful in overcoming injustices such as human trafficking and acid attacks? I’d welcome your ideas below, but let me toss out a few of my suggestions for most effective interventions:” Read the rest at http://nyti.ms/aho2sG

The International Medical Corps has stories to share and ways to help. From their latest enewsletter:

“Today is International Women’s Day — a day to celebrate women’s achievements and to reinforce our commitment to those whose well-being remains at risk.    While there have been impressive strides in recent years, women around the world are still disproportionately affected by natural and man-made disasters.

For many women living in unstable regions without access to medical care, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are often a death sentence. In Sub-Saharan Africa for instance, women have a 1 in 22 chance of dying in childbirth, compared with 1 in 8,000 in industrialized countries.”  Read more at http://bit.ly/czY1uM

Progress still needed.

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