Intro to International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day!

“International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies…” Read about the offical history and events here.

The history and holiday events for this day around the world are really quite amazing.  In honor of this day we wanted to share some of work by and for women that inspire us.

MJ would like to encourage you to support the amazing work of the Urgent Action Fund For Women’s Human Rights and women human rights activists around the world.

When a crisis or new opportunity arises, women activists look for effective, innovative ways to respond.  Often, activists are unable to implement these strategic interventions due to a lack flexible funds, or the lengthy approval processes of many donors.  UAF was created to fill this specific need for time-urgent funding, enabling women human rights defenders to act quickly to take advantage of unexpected opportunities, mitigate threats and/or prevent backsliding in their ongoing work to advance the human rights of all people.

And just for fun:

Check out  the work of comedian Amy Poehler working with empowering young girls through media in a web show called Smart Girls At The Party where 7  and 3/4th year old Ruby explains why she loves Feminism. Yes, we notice it is slightly flinch-worthy that the sponsor is Barbie. But at least the conversation on gender and power is beginning early and one could discuss the problems of Barbie and the expectations of women with young girls after watching a show like this. What do you think?

And even Sesame Street is in on the conversation of empowering young girls to be all of who they are. What a fun song!

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