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Live Blog #4: 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: The Undomestic Goddess, The Big Five, Feminist Teacher, Dust in a Sunbeam and A Pittsburgh Feminist)

On The Undomestic Goddess, Amanda gives her wish list for a more equal world:

Since women (both cis and trans identified) make up half of all oppressed groups, it is the responsibility of feminists to fight for those rights on behalf of all women. It is up to the privileged, the ones with the voices, to speak for the less privileged and the voiceless. So when we talk about equal rights for all, we’re also talking about duty, about action, and not just about problems and what “should” be done. [read the complete post here]

The Big Five’s Shyama Venkateswar analyses the impact that the Great Recession has had in exposing the inequalities in the United States:

Repairing our safety nets is not simply an act of goodwill or charity — it is good business. Inequities and disparities hold back women’s economic security globally. Every government must increase allocations for social investment in policies that address disparities in gender as well as between racial groups and classes. [read the complete post here]

Meanwhile, on Feminist Teacher, Ileana Jiménez discusses Astraea, a foundation dedicated to funding LGBTI organizations around the world:

For more than 30 years, Astraea has been a major leader in the social-justice-feminist movement. Astraea began in 1977 in New York when a small group of women created a multi-racial, multi-class, feminist foundation in order to address the lack of funding for women—specifically lesbians and women of color. [read the complete post here]

At Dust in a Sunbeam, the author reflects on the many achievements of womankind and implores readers to

Urge the US gov’t to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  We are the only industrialized nation not to sign it.  You can take action on this Amnesty International link. [read the complete post here]

Finally, A Pittsburgh Feminist’s Kimberly Latta discusses the ‘glass ceiling’ that women are continuously forced to face whether in North America or abroad:

Mosquitos with bad attitudes like Kristol are, fortunately, not the greatest threat to international women’s freedom, to the dignity, political, social, and economic well-being of global women today.  But corporations such as Fox News may be.  As the internationally renowned gender theorist Raewyn Connell observes, “the corporation is the dominant form of economic organization and the key institution of developed capitalism,” and corporations have always been gendered institutions. [read the complete post here]

I hope you are all having a wonderful IWD! Stay tuned for another liveblog at 4:15pm CST . . .

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