International Women's Day: They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

international womens day Men and women are just about evenly split, if you're counting. There is 1.01 man for each woman in the world, according to The CIA's World Factbook. That's about even to me.

But history has shown us that "even" or "equal" existence hasn't exactly been the global or U.S. equivalent of everyone joining hands, singing 'Kum Bah Yah.'

Women in the US=nited States get a month; March is Women's History Month. Women of the world get a commemorative day. We'll take what we can get.

Even before women earned the right to vote in 1920, the non-profit organization CARE started what's called "International Women's Day," held each year on March 8. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of celebrating women.


Why do it?

While it does seem times have changed for the better, Dr. Helene Gayle, CEO of CARE, tells AOL Jobs we still need an International Women's Day.

"Women are running for office and winning. Women are entrepreneurs. They run large companies. They're scientists, academics and athletes," Gayle says. "[But] Girls and women are denied equality in education, political power, economic opportunity, and even access to health care."

According to Gayle, equality pays. On a global scale.

"Nations with small gender gaps are more economically competitive than nations with large gender gaps," she says.


Courting history

In all of history, thousands of women stand out as role models, famous or not. But in the interest of space and time, CARE chose to highlight 10 women and men known for busting myths including:

  • Girls belong in marriage, not school
  • Women crack under pressure

Busting the first one: former Afghan King Amanullah Khan -- who, in the 1920s, opened schools for girls and women.

For the second, CARE points to a name a bit better known: Billie Jean King. Many of us remember (or heard of) her 1973 victory over retired tennis champion and vocal male chauvinist Bobby Riggs. But King also fought for equity with men in the money won for playing the game of tennis.


Dude, listen up

Men are not forgotten while the fairer sex is spotlighted. In fact, men benefited greatly from the work of labor organizer Clara Lemlich. She is poignant to identify as she led 20,000 factory workers in a four-month strike during 1909-1910, including those from the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York City. The result: Most factory workers earned better wages and faced better working conditions. Except those from the Triangle factory whose management wouldn't play. In March 1911, 146 women with no means to escape died in that factory as it went up in flames.

"There were more men working in factories than women," Gayle says -- men who would ultimately benefit from a woman's push for humane working conditions and wages.


It's all around you

A commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day will be visible for miles on March 8; New York's Empire State Building will glow orange in honor of women.

Washington, D.C., will host a conference featuring Melinda Gates, former first lady Laura Bush, and a performance by recording artist India.Arie.


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laedbac1

The number one priorty of todays women should be to aid in keeping out of America the islamic muslum pagan cult that seeks to take all rights away from everybody. Wake up America. Look at the priortys. and stop living in the victim wannabe sixties. The real enemy of our nation has arrived and we do not need to become distracted by liberal extremisist yammering of some feminist moon bat or some false feminist cult manipulation of the media. Men need to be men and women need to be women. Stop trying to reinvent the family and laws to further that manipulation. God bless America.

March 09 2011 at 6:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
laedbac1

Sadly the so called womens movement has caused the destruction of tens of millions of familys and the death of countless innocent children. Women need to be women and men need to be men. Not what some feminist confused crack pot says you are supposed to be. God bless America and forgive our confused abusive women.

March 09 2011 at 5:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Sylvie

As a distortion of the concept of 'equality' girls are permitted to compete on 'boys' teams, but boys are not permitted to compete with the girls on their teams. Of course, if that were the case most girls' teams would become mostly consisting of boys, thus there would become, for the most part, no traditionally girls' sports. This, by itself, should speak the case for gender specific sports regardless of what most ultra liberal feminists would embrace, disregarding the nature of true equality.

March 09 2011 at 4:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sylvie

Was that a comment or a dissertation? Gimme a break

March 09 2011 at 4:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lklex

Evidently Carol Berman is unaware that we, here in the USA on Planet Earth, live in a representative democracy and women (in part due to their substantially longer life expectancy) for many decades have constituted a majority of the electorate. So far in this millennium and for the better part of the last century, ALL de jure sex discrimination at the federal level in the US has operated against men/in favor of women. Undoubtedly, that REALITY-based observation is anathema to feminists bent on turning the world on its head and portraying themselves as victims and America as an oppressor of women.

While Ms. Berman and other feminists continue to rant and whine about perceived slights against women, they turn a blind eye toward ensconced, institutional (including de jure) sex discrimination against men. The REALITY that they choose not to see is that compared to their female counterparts, male Americans: have far less in terms of government resources, including tax dollars, devoted to specially promoting their health and well-being (despite the CDC's indisputable statistics that perennially demonstrate men's substantially greater vulnerability to dying young from cancer and heart disease and men's substantially shorter life expectancy); have less access to health care; are far more likely to have been maimed or psychologically traumatized in war; are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the workplace; are far more likely to be homeless; are far more likely to drop out of school; have significantly less educational opportunity and significantly fewer all-male colleges; are more likely to be victims of homicide (a fact utterly ignored by VAWA and its provisions for "Safe Streets for Women") and suicide; are more likely to be treated harshly in the criminal justice system, including being disproportionately sentenced to death and have been subjected exclusively, because of their gender, to the most onerous burdens of citizenship.

Measured by any objective standard rooted in reality, it is male Americans, not female Americans, who have been -- as a matter of official, government policy -- relegated to the status of second-class citizens, with their lives deemed less valuable and more expendable. No amount of feminist propaganda can alter that stark reality.

In the December 2009 edition of Men's Health, the Editor, David Zinckenco, aptly observed: "[Men] make up the vast majority of frontline troops, firefighters and miners; as a result, we account for more than 9 in 10 workplace deaths, and we die an average of five years earlier than our female partners do. And yet, as a society, we've made women's health issues a far greater priority than men's health issues. As we've stated..., there are many offices of women's health within the National Institutes of Health and the Pentagon; none exist for men. It's pretty obvious: We take for granted that large numbers of expendable young men will be ready to sacrifice so that others may benefit."


Perhaps Ms. Berman can enlighten us. Perhaps she can explain why female Americans, who enjoy at least the same rights and privileges of citizenship enjoyed by male Americans, should be exempt under federal law from the most onerous burdens of citizenship. What oppression against women in America, circa 1941 - 2011, is as egregious as male-only military conscription or male-only Selective Service registration?

March 08 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lklex

Evidently Carol Berman is unaware that we, here in the USA on Planet Earth, live in a representative democracy and women (in part due to their substantially longer life expectancy) for many decades have constituted a majority of the electorate? So far in this millennium and for the better part of the last century, ALL de jure sex discrimination at the federal level in the US has operated against men/in favor of women. Undoubtedly, that REALITY-based observation is anathema to feminists bent on turning the world on its head and portraying themselves as victims and America as an oppressor of women.

While Ms. Berman and other feminists continue to rant and whine about perceived slights against women, they turn a blind eye toward ensconced, institutional (including de jure) sex discrimination against men. The REALITY that they choose not to see is that compared to their female counterparts, male Americans: have far less in terms of government resources, including tax dollars, devoted to specially promoting their health and well-being (despite the CDC's indisputable statistics that perennially demonstrate men's substantially greater vulnerability to dying young from cancer and heart disease and men's substantially shorter life expectancy); have less access to health care; are far more likely to have been maimed or psychologically traumatized in war; are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured in the workplace; are far more likely to be homeless; are far more likely to drop out of school; have significantly less educational opportunity and significantly fewer all-male colleges; are more likely to be victims of homicide (a fact utterly ignored by VAWA and its provisions for "Safe Streets for Women") and suicide; are more likely to be treated harshly in the criminal justice system, including being disproportionately sentenced to death and have been subjected exclusively, because of their gender, to the most onerous burdens of citizenship.

Measured by any objective standard rooted in reality, it is male Americans, not female Americans, who have been -- as a matter of official, government policy -- relegated to the status of second-class citizens, with their lives deemed less valuable and more expendable. No amount of feminist propaganda can alter that stark reality.

In the December 2009 edition of Men's Health, the Editor, David Zinckenco, aptly observed: "[Men] make up the vast majority of frontline troops, firefighters and miners; as a result, we account for more than 9 in 10 workplace deaths, and we die an average of five years earlier than our female partners do. And yet, as a society, we've made women's health issues a far greater priority than men's health issues. As we've stated..., there are many offices of women's health within the National Institutes of Health and the Pentagon; none exist for men. It's pretty obvious: We take for granted that large numbers of expendable young men will be ready to sacrifice so that others may benefit."


Perhaps Ms. Berman can enlighten us. Perhaps she can explain why female Americans, who enjoy at least the same rights and privileges of citizenship enjoyed by male Americans, should be exempt under federal law from the most onerous burdens of citizenship. What oppression against women in America, circa 1941 - 2011, is as egregious as male-only military conscription or male-only Selective Service registration?

March 08 2011 at 11:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Sylvie

Was that a comment or a dissertation? Gimme a break

March 09 2011 at 4:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Denver333

The communist version of Valentine's Day...hold your applause...I paraphrase from Rush today...give me a break with all this poliotically correct crap...I am a woman and I don't need your activism...I am perfectly satisfied to work for what I get, like everyone else...I am sick of this poor little us crap...no entitlements, no self pity, no made up obstacles...I am tired of political correctness so that some people have a job and get access to more entitlements...phd's, give external validity to the work you do, and stop making up crap to grab yet more federal funds for unfounded seminars and conferences, and programs and studies and unfounded assertions of inequality...get real jobs, in other words...enuf

March 08 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freeetob

Why are you having this discussion? In September, 2010 Supreme Court Justice Scalia stated in an interview that neither gender or sexual orientation are covered in the Constitution. Only black men were granted equality--not black women,not white women or gays. Women of any color or sexual persuasion have legal standing in the United States of America. Any strict constitutionalist--which Justice (?) Scalia is, will back this up so give it up.

March 08 2011 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

There is no such thing as equality beween the sexes. Women are required to perform physical tests at a lower level than men for police, fire, and military jobs. It is simply common sense that men are more suited for the "in the trenches" work in these professions.

March 08 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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smapplebee

Farm work treats everyone the same. Weeding beans in the 50's, I earned $1.50 an hour like the men and women working with me. I was a teenager.

March 09 2011 at 12:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hi bev

So when is International Mens Day?

March 08 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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skudaarkaat

There isn't one. It would be sexist!

March 08 2011 at 8:44 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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