Saturday, March 9, 2013

Let Her Voice Be Heard.


Woman working on an airplane motorat North American Aviation, Inc., plant in California
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March 8

International Woman's Day

Women have been the backbone of every nation in the world. We are mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. We have been transforming the world through our homes since the beginning of time yet for most of history we have not achieved equality with men. Today, I would like to take a break from Tudor Troubles to write about a very important international holiday - International Woman's Day. The goal of International Woman's Day is to honor the achievements of women throughout the world, remember the struggles we have overcome and look forward to a brighter future for women everywhere. 

International Woman's Day was first celebrated in the United States on February 28, 1909. It was founded during the suffrage moment to bring awareness to women's rights. The United States was founded under the belief that all men were created equal. Our founding fathers did not include women's rights because at that time women were considered to be the property of their husband or their fathers. They believed God had created women to be the weaker sex. As such, a woman's judgement could not be trusted. They could not inherit property, vote, file a police report nor hold office. Women were at the mercy of their fathers or husbands.

Everything changed after the American Civil War. The children of the soliders who fought in the Civil War wanted to ensure the bloody battle never happened again. It just so happened that they were adults when the 20th century began. Many saw the new century as an opportunity for change. They abandoned their parent's philosophy and embraced new ideals and new technologies. One of these movements was Women and Children's rights. The 15th amendment ratified on February 3, 1870 granted former slaves the right to vote but women still were not allowed to voice their opinion in the vote. Women were granted the right to vote in 1920. You can read more about the Women's Suffrage Movement at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_suffrage. Although American women have the right to vote, hold office, and inherit property we are still fighting for equal rights. The right to be compensated for our work with the same pay as men.



Women's Day became an international holiday when the Socialist International held an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. Over 100 women from 17 countries, including the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament, attended the conference.  Clara Zetkin ,Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in German, proposed that an International Women's Day be held every year. Everyone agreed to the proposal. 

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