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Events for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Monday, March 8, 2010

March 2, 2010

This post is a part of the Blog for International Women’s Day BLOG

International Women’s Day is only six days away! What will you be doing to celebrate the progress and opportunity for women worldwide?

For starters*, I suggest you check out:

  • Feminist Peace Network’s listings of IWD events.
  • Veronica at Viva La Feminista has a great list of events that are happening in the Chicago area throughout March.
  • The American Association for University Women (AAUW) Dialog blog also has great listings for events going on throughout the month.
  • For those of you in the U.S. and Canada, there is a special live event  of a film based on stories in the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn this Thursday, March 4 at participating theaters. NCM Fathom and CARE are partnering for this event with support from Delta Air Lines and Meredith Corporation. Click here for more information about this event.
    • For those who are not in the U.S. and Canada…not to fret! I will be going to this event (with my mother) and will report back to you soon afterwards.
  • This month is a PERFECT month for giving back to feminist organizations.  Whether it’s through volunteering (here or here) or donating money, whatever donation you decide to give, whether large or small, will make a difference.
    • Feminist Review (a wonderful and unique community-driven blog that exclusively reviews books, music, and more and whose mission is to “write reviews from feminist perspectives to explore the world through an anti-oppression lens”) is asking readers to make contributions through their “I ♥ FR” fundraising campaign. Click here for more info and support Feminist Review!
  • If I’m missing any important listings that are not listed here, email me at emily@genderacrossborders.com, and I’ll be sure to add them!

Additionally, if you’re a blogger, GAB is inviting all bloggers to participate in an inaugural event called “Blog for International Women’s Day.” We’re asking bloggers to answer the following questions on their blogs on Monday, March 8:

  • What does “equal rights for all” mean to you?
  • Describe a particular organization, person, or moment in history that helped to mobilize a meaningful change in equal rights for all.

At GAB, we’ll be live-blogging the event, including what some of your answers are to those questions above. For more information and to sign-up your blog, go to the Blog for IWD’s main website, http://genderacrossborders.com/blogforiwd/.

If you’re a Tweeter and you don’t blog, you can still participate in our Blog for IWD event! Answer the questions above and don’t forget to use the hashtag #BlogforIWD so we can find your tweet.

*There is an “unofficial” IWD website, however, we do not want to disclose the website address because we believe it’s a total crock (yes, we did use that word). It’s completely run by Thomson Reuters and is clearly designed to drive traffic to Reuters’ unrelated content. For more information about boycotting the Reuters IWD website, see this post from the Feminist Peace Network.

3 Comments
  1. March 2, 2010 3:46 pm

    Thank you so much for including a link to AAUW’s National Women’s History Month activities! We are looking forward to participating in the Blog for International Women’s Day event. 🙂

  2. Melissa permalink
    March 3, 2010 1:06 pm

    I love the idea of the Blog for International Women’s Day event!

    In celebration of International Women’s Month, I am reading and sharing Inspirational books written by Inspiring female authors.

    My first and most favorite recommendation is “Fear to Freedom,” written by Rosemary Trible. An amazing woman who was raped in a horrifying experience a year before her husband Paul was elected to congress.
    http://www.feartofreedomjourney.com/Fear_To_Freedom/Book.html

    Her book is based on her experience, strength, and strong conviction. It inspires women to becoming bold enough to dream again and it’s about hope and healing, and the profound message that the cycle of fear and anxiety can be broken.

  3. Leanne permalink
    May 7, 2010 9:28 pm

    FYI here is a little about how, over the decades, International Women’s Day has changed it’s view of “who” is oppressing women:

    International Women’s Day was created in 1910 to promote socialist political objectives and was always referred to by the Communist name ‘International Working Women’s Day’. It was restricted primarily to the Soviet bloc. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the word ‘working’ was largely dropped along with it’s socialist meaning. Beginning in the 1970’s IWD became a vehicle for feminist concerns. Whereas IWWD was previously used to highlight women’s oppression by a class of bourgeois upper class men and women, 1970s feminists changed the basis of the day by stating that men as a class of “chauvinists” completely controlled women who were each and all men’s victims. Women were no longer viewed as part of the bourgeois upper class. One can say that in the 1970s IWD became a brand new IWD with males -all males- for the first time being promoted as the single enemy. But even with this new ideological basis IWD limped along as a fairly insignificant world event until 1980s when “Patriarchy Theory” was elaborated as the brand new theory and also new basis for the need to observe IWD. It was in the 1980s that women began to celebrate IWD in vast numbers (mostly out of a new concern that men were out to oppress them) and on this basis the event has continued to grow primarily in terms of a gender war, the principle being that men alone as a privileged class hurt women alone as the oppressed class. International Men’s Day has a completely different reason for coming into being. Although IMD objectives occasionally intersect with those of IWD, such as advocating equality between the sexes, it is predominately about celebrating positive male role models, a very worthy aim in a social context which tends to highlight ONLY males behaving badly. Said concisely, International Women’s Day started as a day for women to promote socialist objectives, especially for proletarian women to fight against oppression by the upper bourgeois class comprised of men and women both. In the 1970’s it became a new movement claiming that men alone oppressed women, and that IWD will be used as a vehicle to promote, primarily, an assumed gender war. Said differently IWD shifted from being a class war, to a gender war. International Men’s Day is not based on the assumption of a gender war. IMD is primarily about promoting and celebrating positive male role models in a contemporary world context which is obsessed with teaching all young boys and girls that males behave badly, and only badly.

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