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This past Saturday, March 8th, was the 106th annual International Women's Day.
It's important to celebrate all the ways that women have made progress and taken stands for justice in the past year and here are just a few [click the links for more info!]:
- Female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies: HP, IBM, Yahoo, General Motors, PepsiCo, and Xerox Corporation, to name a few.
- Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism regarding rights to education, and rights for women in general; she is the youngest person and first girl to receive that honor. More info about her current human rights efforts can be found at the Malala Fund website.
- Three of the five most viewed TED talks online are by women.
- It was a record-breaking year for women on the Forbes Billionaires list. This year there’s 172 women on the list, which is up 25% from last year, and 60% over the past two years.
- Jennifer Lee, director of Frozen, became the first female director to surpass $1 billion in box office sales.
- 17 trans* models appear in Barneys New York’s Spring campaign.
- Janet Yellen took on the role of Chair of the Federal Reserve -- the first woman to do so in the bank's 100 year history.
- On December 20, 2013, the United States Senate approved Michelle Howard to the rank of admiral in the Navy. Howard is the highest-ranking woman in US Naval history and its first four-star female admiral. Howard was also the first African American woman to command a ship.
- Coy Mathis, a 6-year-old trans girl, wins a landmark civil rights case with the first ruling in the US that affirms trans students’ right to use the correct bathroom; it's the most comprehensive ruling supporting trans people’s bathroom access so far.
- Cecilia Chung becomes the first openly trans woman and first openly HIV positive person to serve on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission
- Lupita Nyong'o became the 7th black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- CeCe McDonald, the trans woman who was sent to a men's prison after acting in self-defense against an attacker, was released early from the men’s prison she was sent to.
- Denmark got its first female prime minister.
- Check out this list on Forbes of the World's Most Powerful Women of 2013 for more achievements by women in 2013.
And it is also important to reflect on all the ways that women still have a long way to go… (trigger warning for abortion, murder, rape, and sexual assault)
- Of the more than 2.8 billion people living on less than $2 a day, the United Nations estimates that as many as 70 percent are women.
- Abortion is still entirely illegal in seven countries in Latin America and Europe.
- The pay gap has stayed the same for a decade (from 2002 to 2012) with white women earning 77 percent of what men earned. Compared with non-Hispanic white men, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian women were paid 66 percent, African American women were paid 64 percent, American Indian/Alaska Native women were paid 60 percent, and Hispanic women were paid just 53 percent.
- 45% of reported hate murders were of trans women.
- There is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
Ways You Can Inspire Change:
- Start a conversation with a young girl about her thoughts on current events.
- Encourage all children to question gender roles.
- Sign some petitions.
- Call out unfair language and encourage critical thought in friends and family members.
- Support media made by women - go see a movie directed by a woman, or a movie with a largely female cast, buy music made by women, read books written by women.
- Write to trans women (and other trans and queer people) in prison.
- Read Janet Mock's Redefining Realness for a perspective on cultural constructions of being a "real" woman.