Happy International Women’s Day!!!!!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, on March 8, is an occasion for women in all continents to come together to celebrate and to look back to a tradition that represents decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.  In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday.

In 1869 British MP John Stuart Mill was the first person in Parliament to call for women’s right to vote. On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Women in other countries did not enjoy this equality and campaigned for justice for many years.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

I was so happy that especially today one of the main headlines was:

“The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow battled her way into Oscar history books on Sunday, topping her movie’s best film honor with her own Academy Award for directing to become the first woman ever to earn that distinction.

Words of wisdom from around the globe and over the centuries:

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less…  Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.  ~ Susan B Anthony

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are the real architects of society. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.  ~ Charlotte Whitton

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.  ~Rebecca West, The Clarion

The problem that has no name — which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities — is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.  ~ Betty Friedan

The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.  ~ Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, leader of Burma’s democracy movement.

You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise. ~ Maya Angelou

A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room. ~ Bella Abzug

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.  ~ Margaret Thatcher

Women’s empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights. ~ Mahnaz Afkhami

The only jobs for which no man is qualified are human incubators and wet nurse. Likewise, the only job for which no woman is or can be qualified is sperm donor. ~Wilma Scott Heide

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings”. ~Cheris Kramarae

“I will love, honor, cherish – but not obey.” ~Rosalie Slaughter Morton

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. ~ Faith Whittlesey

Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well! ~ Barbara Bush

Men who treat women as helpless and charming playthings deserve women who treat men as delightful and generous bank accounts. ~ Author Unknown

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~ Timothy Leary

I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.
~Katharine Hepburn

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.   ~Maya Angelou

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” ~Shirley Chisholm

I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough. ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ~Roseanne Barr

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. ~Lois Wyse

I ask no favors for my sex…. All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks. ~Sarah Moore Grimké

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves. ~Mary Wollstonecraft

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes. ~Bella Abzug

Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn’t interest you, don’t do it – I would have made a terrible mother. ~Katharine Hepburn

Feminism directly confronts the idea that one person or set of people [has] the right to impose definitions of reality on others. ~Liz Stanley and Sue Wise

How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete? ~Author Unknown

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source. ~Lucretia Mott

To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do. ~Spanish Proverb

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We’re not inherently anything but human. ~Robin Morgan

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. ~Margaret Mead

Women’s chains have been forged by men, not by anatomy. ~Estelle R. Ramey

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. ~Gloria Steinem

I can’t be a rose in any man’s lapel. ~Margaret Trudeau

You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I’m sure I would have played his mother. That’s the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older. ~Lillian Gish

Women are not the weak, frail little flowers that they are advertised. There has never been anything invented yet, including war, that a man would enter into, that a woman wouldn’t, too. ~Will Rogers

“The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.” —Susan B. Anthony

I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ~Lily Tomlin

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” —Janis Joplin

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” —Virginia Woolf

And the poster that adorned my walls for many years:

Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and “unfeminine” and if we don’t we’re typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons we are part of the women’s liberation movement.

How are you celebrating the day?


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11 Responses to “Happy International Women’s Day!!!!!”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Wow – I thought I was the only person who knew about March 8. We used to have an annual party.

  2. Knittingdancer (Ravelry) Says:

    I celebrating the day by knitting.

  3. K.M.Jones Says:

    It was a fun day for me–I went shopping! More due to obligation than celebration, however; I had to acquire some new kitchen supplies, and I found some restaurant supply stores in downtown Manhattan that were fantastically priced, so long as you’re most interested in function.

    That’s not to say they didn’t have beautiful china–they did; but their graters and slicers were absolutely perfectly utilitarian.

    • eclecticitee Says:

      I love kitchen supplies….but partner says if I buy any more there will be hell to pay. Part of the space problem comes from the fact I keep kosher, which means two of everything…and in a fairly small kitchen.

      • K.M.Jones Says:

        I could see how that would be extra tricky. It seems like there is never enough cabinet space and counter space, no matter the size of the kitchen

  4. JuliaA Says:

    i had never heard the barbara bush quote–i have new respect for her. great collection of quotes.

    a couple of days later, congress finally honored the women pilots from WWII–the WASPs. a relative of mine was a WASP, and i wish that the ceremony had been much earlier, so she could have been around to get a congressional gold medal.


  5. Katerina Says:

    Wow. Love all your quotes! I think my fav is:
    I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. ~Lily Tomlin

    I think more people should realize they’re “somebody” 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Roberta Says:

    I love what your poster said!
    So true and so sad that it is true.

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