Monday, March 08, 2010

Celebrate International Women's Day

"International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women seeking to participate equally in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for 'liberty, equality, fraternity' marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage."

A world chronology of women's electoral rights:

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

"Inspired by an American commemoration of working women, the German socialist Klara Zetkin organized International Women's Day (IWD) in 1911. On March 19, socialists from Germany, Austria, Denmark and other European countries held strikes and marches. Russian revolutionary and feminist Aleksandra Kollontai, who helped organize the event, described it as 'one seething trembling sea of women.'" Source

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