It’s International Women’s Day!

When I began to think about writing this post, my mind first went to the snark. (Naturally!) YIPPEE! They’ve set aside ONE WHOLE day for women! Gee! That’s like when Ebenezer Scrooge told his faithful clerk, Bob Cratchit, “You’ll probably want the whole day off for Christmas?!” It seemed no different than “Mother’s Day”, a day to give flowers, cards and lip service to more than half of the population.  Not to mention, making a lot of money for Hallmark Cards.  Yeah, give the broads a day to get ’em off our backs!!   But as I researched it a little more, I found that the history of International Women’s Day is quite extensive and rich. In 2011, Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, helped celebrate the 100th year of International Women’s Day!  We all know that if Hillary Clinton is involved,  then it is an honorable and worthwhile event for the advancement of women and girls.

Here’s how IWD all started:

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.

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a 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.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses‘ campaign. `snip~

1918 – 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby?……Maybe not so much….

I was heartened to see that the organizers of IWD are not complete Pollyannas, looking at the Women’s Movement through rose colored glasses.  They recognize that although progress has been made, we really have a lot more work to do, as evidenced in this quote:

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

While I would disagree with part of the quote, specifically the statement that women have, “greater equality in legislative rights“,  for a majority of the quote I would have to say….Amen to that Sisters!

Hopefully, later today, a video will become available of Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the 2012 Conference.  We will UPDATE the post as soon as it does.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will join a host of accomplished women including Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee at the third annual Women in the World Summit, which kicks off Women’s Day on Thursday.

(Photo: Daily Beast)<br>U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton will join a whole host of inspiring women including Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie and Leymah Gbowee at the third annual “Women in the World Summit,” which kicks off Women’s Day on Thursday.

(Photo: Daily Beast)

Women leaders, advocates and activists will come together in New York to tell their stories about women who are battling the status quo, opposing wars, violence, slavery and exploitation while shattering glass ceilings across the world.

Yeah well, our ceiling was only allowed 18 million cracks….we’re still waiting for the shattering.  As we await Hillary, today and in the future, I’ll close with this video, “The Journey of Women’s Rights From 1911-2011.”

Dare I say……YES We Can!


122 Responses

  1. Thanks our Pie Queen! I did not know any of this. You’ve been really busy here this week, and deserve a special pie, & I’m going to think one up.

  2. Whoa. Nice job, imust!!!!!

  3. Isn’t it nice of the Breitbart boys to promise to release videos and bury the one day left they give us wimminz?

  4. IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan

    Where they celebrate by stoning women.

  5. Happy IWD! Tomorrow…..back to being dog crap.

    I wonder if the middle east has a moratorum on raping, killing, burning and torturing women in IWD. They must be really busy the day after.

    And finally, did you ever notice that the word “Women’s” always gets flagged in spell check everywhere? Apparently women aren’t allow to be plural possessive either.

  6. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights

    I don’t know which one of these to laugh at first.

  7. Check out all my tweets on who wishes women a happy IWD.

  8. Can’t Have International Women’s Day without thinking of this song- Won’t be around much- I am on a secret mission

  9. Imust, thank you for such an informative post. I learned a lot! If only this celebration would really impact the lives of women after the day is long gone. But history shows that the sacrifice of women long ago have brought us to what we have now. Still lacking though, it is an uphill battle. Again, as we have seen in this blog, it will take women in mass to make change.

  10. Putting on my mother’s hat for a minute. Eldest is submitting her college thesis on women’s labor unions in New England’s shoe industry today!! As always so proud of her. What an auspicious day for it to happen.

  11. Honora, you have every reason to be proud!

    Did y’all hear about the 84 year old woman who went to the polls on Super Tuesday and was told she is deceased! Everything was straightened out and she voted. Gosh I thought that dead or alive you could vote anyway. Ask the obambots. They know.

  12. Congrats honora, to you and your daughter!

  13. Uppity! Your tweets are hilarious!! You should post them in the comments!! I tried with a screen shot, but I couldn’t get it in the comment…just got a question mark in a box! Need more caffeine to figure it out!

  14. Go ahead an post them if you want imust. I’m hot on a post.

  15. Excellent, well balanced post, imust. As we have learned, being emancipated to abide by the will of the powers that be, was not without the expectation of a whole lot of “compromise. ”

    “There is a Line”

  16. Good morning ((((UPPITY’S)))))

    Great Post Imust:

    UW: How are you feeling today??

  17. “No riding on the sands of compromise.”

    Love that line. ‘Building on the (shifting) sands of compromise’ – has been a big problem, no?

  18. One more – for all the women and girls “who dare to be different.”

  19. Texas celebrates Women’s Day:

    “Women in Texas Losing Options for Health Care in Abortion Fight”

    The Dems are corrupt, worthless, self centered, etc. but the entity that calls itself the Republican Party is truly fucking evil. The new axis of evil in US politics isn’t centered on big money, that’s been there forever; it’s the fundie “christians” and the Republican Party.

  20. SHV, your screen name stuttered and you landed in spam.

    Please don’t blame Bill. He adores you for that extremely generous contribution to his imported catnip. He says he’s speechless. But don’t count on it.

  21. Special post entitled The Deserving Elephant in The Room tomorrow.

    Michelina good news! On I advanced from Feeling Horrible to Terrible yesterday, and right on cue I only feel Awful today! Tomorrow I do hope to feel So-So.

  22. Way to go for Honora Junior!!!!!

  23. IWD: B0 should apologize to the women of the world for his misogynist campaigns and admin.

  24. As requested my IWD tweets. Pick your favorite.

    @Monsanto wishes all you women a Happy Genetically Modified International Women’s Day.

    Rush Limbaugh wishes all you sluts a Happy International Wimminz Day#rushlimbaugh So does #billmaher

    The Pope wishes all you chattel a second class International Wimminz Day. Go and multiply. Constantly. Make babies. Lots and Lots of babies.

    Darrell Issa and his special panel wish you all a…um…Productive International Wimminz Day. Now go make him a sandwich.@darrellissa

    Creepy-Crawly Roy Blunt wishes all you wimminz a…um…. “healthy” International Wimminz Day.#Royblunt @royblunt

    Bob Morris wishes a happy IWD to all those lesbians in the lesbian Girl Scouts& their lesbian leaders and supporters. Creepy #BobMorris

    Congratulations “Fellow” wimminz! Today Republicans promise not to submit any women-hobbling legislation. Busy day tomorrow though!

    Maybe Harry will mention Fair Pay Act again today like he does at election time. Think he means it? Sure he does!

    I bet Barack makes Michelle give the IWD speech. What’s he gonna say, Congrats on being my bargaining chips and hockey pucks?

    Does Afghanistan have a moratorium on shooting women in the head on IWD? Busy day tomorrow!

    Wonder if Afghanistan lets girls go to school without being murdered on IWD. You know, show them some more of what they can’t have?

  25. UW: that is good news

    SHV: no doubt about it-evil is the correct adjective for these freaks

    Honora: it feels so good to have that pride for your kid(s)–you are a good mother (no doubt)—and give honora Jr. her kudos from the UPPITY’S

  26. SHV: as soon as mcnorman finds out about this—cover your ears

  27. UW: Definitely, the Rush Limbaugh ONE (ass wipe)

    God I wish I could do the TWEETS, they never work for me—–

    What is the point anyway—I really don’t understand the “twitter” purpose

  28. This one!

    Darrell Issa and his special panel wish you all a…um…Productive International Wimminz Day. Now go make him a sandwich.@darrellissa

  29. I bet Barack makes Michelle give the IWD speech. What’s he gonna say, Congrats on being my bargaining chips and hockey pucks?

    My favorite.

  30. wonderful Post Imust:
    How are you feeling today upps.better I hope?? 😉

  31. @Rick Santorum wishes a Happy International Women’s Day to all women who only have sex when they want to make a baby.

  32. I’m getting there Foxy xo


    Think Bill will get (J)?

  34. Shipping Oswald to myiq has cut down expenses at the penal colony exponentially.

  35. Breaking news! The woman who won the one million dollar lottery has lost her food stamp assistance.

  36. She lost her food stamps. Gee what a blow. Now I want to know if they are going to charge her with fraud and force her to reimburse the taxpayers and be prosecuted for fraud.

  37. One would think she would have to reimburse the government.

  38. ……..and then some.

  39. Here you go in Honor of International Womens Day!

  40. Hiya Chips!

  41. Happy IWD Uppityites! Honora, that is so awesome! Congratuations! Upps, I love all the tweets, esp the Sanitorium one.

  42. Socal, you notice I @ him so he gets it too. lolol.

  43. I read where an 84 year old woman went to the primary polls and was told she couldn’t vote beecause she was deceased.

  44. Don’t ya hate it when you die and don’t notice?

    Yeah that death shit is sooooooooooooo overrated!

  45. Penal colony?

    You mean “sweatshop” don’t you?

  46. “Wlm., on March 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM said:

    Honora, you have every reason to be proud!

    Did y’all hear about the 84 year old woman who went to the polls on Super Tuesday and was told she is deceased! Everything was straightened out and she voted. Gosh I thought that dead or alive you could vote anyway. Ask the obambots. They know.”

    Ups, I guess you missed my post this morning. ‘Course you have been in quite a fix with your dental work!

  47. Yeah WLM. that’s probably where I “saw it”. lolol

  48. Oswwald, you were in the penal colony for a reason and we are glad to be rid of you. Nobody has to worry about ***somebody**** stealing their stuff. Glad to give you to California!

  49. Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Oswald.

  50. Maybe Oswald will qualify for food stamps in CA.

  51. WLM, Eh! He’ll get em anyways.

  52. You are sooooooooooo right!

  53. Naughty penguin. Are those rock piles their nests?

  54. And please check out Madge Norvell (well she’s deceased) but she got a Coast Guard cutter named after her.

  55. Keep it up and I’ll expose your whole sordid racket, like how you keep poor Bill strung out on catnip.

  56. The sponsors who’ve pulled out so far include Quicken Loans, Citrix Systems, Legal Zoom, Sleep Number, Sleep Train, Pro Flowers, Carbonite and AOL. Of those, the last three announced they were yanking their support after Limbaugh posted a public apology, though not a particularly repentant one. On his show Monday, Limbaugh criticized those advertisers who’d deserted him, saying, “They decided they don’t want you or your business anymore….No radio broadcast will succeed by putting business ahead of the needs of its loyal audience.”

    Whoa!! putting business ahead of the needs of its loyal audience.” ?!
    What’s he on? Loyal audience? Like-minded people? Keep yapping windbag and Obama won’t have to leave the WH to campaign.

    Heh. Proflowers finally got the messagessssssssssssss.

    Good post Imust! Glad you’re improving to awful Uppity. Happy IWD!

  57. Fabulous post, imust!

    Happy IWD Uppityites!!

  58. Keep it up and I’ll expose your whole sordid racket, like how you keep poor Bill strung out on catnip.


  59. Hey, Oswald, Upps says she wants to give you a year’s supply of sardines to keep your beak shut. Signed, UW’s lawyer

  60. So, NES, is Ups bribing Oswald? Ups better hope that Oswald doesn’t start twittering.

  61. Axlerod is going to be a guest on Bill Maher. Maher’s filthy mouth doesn’t count cause he gave a million to Obama’s PAC.

  62. Axelrod and Maher on the same show…….I think I’d rather watch paint dry.

  63. I think I’d rather watch paint dry.

    I’d rather watch monkeys fling poo at each other.

  64. What is so disturbing are the people who think folks like Maher are ok to use filthy language about women.

  65. I haven’t been able to unearth a video of Hillary Clinton speaking today about International Women’s Day. Still4Hill has the text of her statement prior to the event. I’ve seen some pics, she’s onstage with MO. But no video. Remember when MO said last year that Hillary was, “One heckuva Secretary of State”? Yeah, heckuva job Hillary…just like your clone GWB. Hillary would have been more than a “heckuva President”….she would have been brilliant. I feel like swearing…I’ll refrain.

  66. BTW…I didn’t want to get too negative in the post…but what the heck….do you notice the video is entitled: Journey of Women’s Rights 1911-2011??
    Journey??? Makes it sound like a nice trip abroad..(no pun intended)!
    Wouldn’t a similar video of the civil rights movement be called something like: “The STRUGGLE for Civll Rights”??? Journey???

  67. So, NES, is Ups bribing Oswald? Ups better hope that Oswald doesn’t start twittering.

    She’s “settling” with Oswald. All above-board.

  68. As we await Hillary, today and in the future….

    Ah, imust, I love the way that sounds!

  69. Wm:

    Did y’all hear about the 84 year old woman who went to the polls on Super Tuesday and was told she is deceased!

    lol I’m surprised they didn’t just say, “Yes, ma’am, we have you recorded as deceased, so we went ahead and voted for you” lol

  70. imust, wonderful post!!!! And all these facts – it’s a keeper!


    Greta just announced – Rush getting in trouble for his misogynistic talk, but Bill Maher getting away with it. Obama calling Fluke to apologize for Rush’s behavior — but accepting a million dollars from the left’s version of Rush!

    I love hearing it out loud on national TV!

  72. Oswald’s mom may have been a penguin, but – I think she snuck away with Dafffy Duck.

    Who is going to break the news to myiq?

  73. They’re covering a Texas high school team that chants “USA USA USA” in the audience and the players to get invigorated. They were playing OTHER American high schools. But some schools that have HISPANIC and BLACK kids are OBJECTING!!!! FCS They’re ALL American!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They ALL live in the USA!!!!!!!!!! Both sides could chant it!

    Geez, it’s just getting way too tribalistic. If you don’t want to identify as the American you are, move back to where ever your ancestors came from. Give me a break.

  74. Yay Greta! For stand up to misogyny!!!

    Did she have anything to say about Rush? Just curious since I don’t watch Fox news. (I hardly watch *any* news, local or any other kind).

    What did she have to say about the birth control/contraception stuff?
    Again, just asking.

  75. The place is deserted. I was worried this would happen. I’m going to run before Oswald gets me, too!

  76. She’s talking about the hypocrisy of Rush being called for his misogynism, but Maher isn’t. She just had some guy on, Bill Burton?, part black guy, and he says there’s no comparison, because Maher is a comedian. I wish she had said to him, “then I guess it’s okay for a comedian to use “n*gger”, and “lazy”, and “fat”, and having a million “baby daddies”, since it would be a comedian saying it.

    Now she has Kristen Powers on calling that hypocrisy out.

    Now Greta is saying that Louis CK has the absolute worst language about women. Oh, he’s going to headline the correspondents dinner. Must be why Greta is going to not go.

  77. Oh, maybe I know a different reason it’s deserted tonight – each poster is being turned into a podperson – I mean, a pod marshmellow bunny. There is going to be more and more showing up in the header, I fear!

  78. Happy IWD everyone!!!

    Glad you are only feeling awful today and hoping for a better than so-so day for you tomorrow Uppity!

    Imust excellent post. Loved all the facts. Great job!!

  79. ZOMG:

    Obama Forced His Students to Read Bell at University of Chicago Law School

    The teacher of an elective class on Race and the Law made his students read stuff by a radical black legal scholar!!!!

  80. Who is going to break the news to myiq?

    Who do you think was advising Oswald?

  81. I’m not letting my pengy anywhere near Oswald. He would be a very bad influence. 😉

  82. Honora, that is excellent news about Honora Jr. I can see why you are so proud!

  83. I sure hope this works. This is a penguin cam:

    Free live streaming by Ustream

  84. Okay, here’s the plain old URL to the Web page with the penguin cam:

  85. She’s talking about the hypocrisy of Rush being called for his misogynism, but Maher isn’t.

    I know lorac, but I don’t watch Greta so I was wondering if she had said anything about Rush’s comments on the law student who testified. We talked about Maher here and the fact he’s a douche too.

    Billl Burton works or worked for Obama.

  86. Because he just can’t seem to get enough negative attention: Limbaugh mocks food justice writer for being an educated single woman

  87. Cool Fredster! I got 7100. Is that good or does it suck?

  88. Nevermind… It sucks. People are getting almost 300,000!

  89. Oh my. Tonight’s Jon Stewart is fabulous. He gets at the ridiculouness of the tapes and goes on to tell Sean Hannity all of the real things he could nail Obama for!

  90. Nevermind… It sucks. People are getting almost 300,000!

    I started playing and then got a notice I needed to update Java so I had to shut the browser down. LOL!! I think I only hit around 3000 before I closed Firefox.

  91. I’ll have to catch the Stewart replay at midnight.

  92. >a href=””>Piers Morgan meets an Obot and can’t believe anyone could be that wasted on KoolAid.

  93. Fredster, all I heard her address was what I typed here!

  94. Sophie@1047: Gawd, what a jerk.

  95. Fredster, all I heard her address was what I typed here!

    Okay. I don’t watch her, as I said, so I didn’t know if she addressed any of that when it came out. No exclamation points needed. 😉

  96. LOL! Rush can call a woman a whore or prostitute, but he won’t accept advertising
    from this place.

  97. Geez…I used to like Tom Hanks. Now I’ll have to think twice.

    I wonder when they’re gonna turn that loose on the public? 🙄

  98. Fredster,

    That’s awful about Tom Hanks… Maybe he just slipped a little bit into the Forest Gump character. Sigh… another actor bites the dust

  99. Fredster & Sophie, thanks for the posts about Limbarf. Funny. I tried the pengy game, but didn’t do well on it with my laptop. I think it would be fun with a real game controller.

  100. Bill Burton was the perpetually sweaty sarcastic scheeve with the twisted mouth who was showing up everywhere to lie and spin for obama in 2008. Megyn Kelly ate him for lunch a few times. I posted a few of those sessions but this is my favorite. Burton is a real sleaze.

  101. More Burton, smack down. Caught in a lie with an Obama signature. The guy is a real spinner. It’s My Show, Bill.

  102. Did he work for Obama or for the campaign in ’08?

    Caught me writing a post for the Lounge for tomorrow when I saw my little comment thingie light up!

  103. When Sarah Palin was first nominated back in 2008 Obamanation went silent for at least an hour while the campaign tried to figure out their official talking points.

    Then Burton came out with a snotty statement that referred to her as a former small-town mayor (rather than a current governor.) It was so bad Obama had to walk it back a little bit later.

  104. He was Obama’s National Spokesman, Fredster. He left Obama last year, i suspect because he didn’t get Gibbs’ job. But now he’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccck for the campaign. Seeing him operate was an exercise in restraint. You could tell his lying meter by his sweat. No kidding. The more he lied, the more his face sweated.

  105. The road WE’VE traveled? He traveled the road of lots of vacations with opulent accomodations, golfing and parties. I don’t recall being on that road with him. Neither does the rest of America.

  106. myiq, burton didn’t say that without Axelrod’s blessings. Burton is just the guy who hauls the shit around and dumps it. He’s the lying puck.

  107. OMG Fredster. That lawson card is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!

  108. Flop sweat! LOL!!

  109. SP constantly slams “Radical Feminists”. WHich means she doesn’t like me or Hillary much. Ergo, I don’t like her. At all. I am done with her. Period.

    If it weren’t for us “Radical Feminists” she wouldn’t have had the chance she had. She probably wouldn’t have even been a mayor. There’s gratitude for ya.

    But I will defend ANY woman against sexism and misogyny. Wish I could say the same for those women who don’t like Radical Feminists like me. They do NOT return the favor. Ever. Like that Team Sarah bunch, who were constantly linking to my blog and making it so I couldn’t see their link post without logging in and giving them my cookies. When I did finally login, I was horrified at the shit they were saying about we Democrats who supported them in 2008. It won’t happen again. Fuck them. I deleted myself from their memory banks. If you want to use me and then fuck me when you don’t need me any longer, you are dead to me. Forevah.

  110. OMG Fredster. That lawson card is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!

    Awww…I’m glad you liked it.

    I was going crazy getting the Lounge post ready. Threw in a couple of cute pics, then sizing them and crap. I have a headache now.

  111. The road WE’VE traveled?The road WE’VE traveled?

    Uh…I’ve never traveled on a custom 747, nor in a motorcade in a limousine that’s named The Beast.

  112. Hey Upps, come over to the lounge tonight and be sure to pass it along to the other folks. We haven’t done one in awhile so everyone come by for a visit. Oh and btw, I hired a bartender for the lounge. I interviewed him *rigorously*…from top to bottom.., to insure he would meet the standards for our demanding yet deserving Widdershins and other customers. 😆

  113. This movie is propaganda bullshit. Where’s the shot of him on the golf course?

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