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Live Blog #2: What YOU have to say about equal rights

March 8, 2010

This post is a part of the Blog for IWD BLOG

Today is International Women’s Day, and we‘ve asked you to blog about your thoughts about equal rights. Here’s what some of you are saying:

(Featured blogs after the jump: Feministe, Feminist Review, Kenyan Woman Professors, Equality 101, and FWD/Forward).

At Feministe, Cara answers the question “What does ‘equal rights for all’ mean to you?” by exemplifying the purpose of IWD and noting all of the women who should not be forgotten:

International Women’s Day is useless if it does not recognize and respect both the womanhood and humanity of women who are trans, and dedicate to fighting for their rights and basic safety. International Women’s Day is useless if it does not include and remember women who have disabilities, and work for their essential rights and towards creating greater inclusion and accessibility within our own communities. International Women’s Day is useless if it does not center poor women all over the globe, including those in developing countries, who are struggling against hunger and violence. International Women’s Day is useless if it overlooks the rights and safety of those suffering the greatest violence, including (in addition to those listed above) sex workers, trafficking victims, and slaves. [read the complete post here]

At Feminist Review, Sara Freeman celebrates the historic Oscar win for Kathryn Bigelow (first best female director) and feels a sense of change that is finally arriving at Hollwood’s doorstep:

This is a monumental achievement and a dream come true for any feminist film buff, a dream I honestly thought would never happen. I’m going to have to let it sink in a little bit before I can fully articulate the impact I think this will have on filmmaking, but everything has changed, and is still changing, definitely for the better. Bigelow’s double win (though the film itself took home six awards) deserves a double congratulations both for her hard work, perseverance, and excellent filmmaking, as well as for helping change the face of filmmakers forever. When people stupidly say “There aren’t any good female directors,” we can now point to this moment as solid proof they are wrong. [read the complete post here]

At Kenyan Woman Professors, Taz writes about equal rights and opportunities for both men and women to advance their careers in academia (with specific reference to Kenya):

I believe that both the girl-child and the boy-child should be given equal rights to receive quality education that will put them in good stead to undertake a career of their own choosing. This means that no parent should deny their child a chance to enroll in school merely on account of their gender. Despite the Kenya government’s Free Primary Education initiative, the sad reality remains that school enrolment of girls remains far below that of boys and this is in spite of the population statistics which show that there are more girls than boys. [read the complete post here]

At Equality 101, Amy posts the question of whether or not we are living in a post-sexism world—the answer? We still have ways to go:

Whether it is simply a lack of education or a shifted focus, many of my students are oblivious that equality issues between women and men still exist in this country.  Thanks to media attention and forward-thinking teachers who use current events to facilitate instruction, many of my students are aware that women around the world are more susceptible to HIV/AIDS than men. (from thebody.com)  They also know that women worldwide tend to be the ones supporting families and relying on others for support.  While this global knowledge and passion for helping those in most need is an inspiring thing, I worry about my students’ future choices and the future of this country.   My students have grown up with computers, genocide, no existence of the Soviet Union, etc., but let’s face it, so have most of the bloggers on Equality101.  So why do they see feminism as something that has served its purpose, but belongs in the 1970s with their hippie grandmothers? [read the complete post here]

Meanwhile, on the same website, Cathy discusses ‘meaningful change’ and how her students were able to change and learn in the classroom:

See, I believe that each time my students attempt to change the world through their writing, they are making a meaningful change.  I try to be the change I want to see in the world—and I hope that my students will continue to be that meaningful change, too. [read the complete post here]

Also at FWD/Forward, Anna discusses Helen Keller, Laura Bridgman, and the relationship between their narratives:

I mention Laura Bridgman because, if the whole purpose of the Helen Keller Narrative was Nice Deaf-Blind Girl Does Good (and thus you, gentle reader, should put your life in proper perspective!), then Bridgman fits almost the same bill. She learned to read and write, wrote letters to her fans, was on public display with ribbons to hide her eyes, and was just as famous as Keller. So why is our dominant narrative Keller and not Bridgman? [read the complete post here]

That’s it for now but the next live-coverage will be up at 1:30pm CST so stay tuned!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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