Happy International Women’s Day, from.…a man. Oh well, nevermind the messenger, here’s a quick roundup of the news from International Women’s Day!
- First off, from Time Magazine, we have a debate on the question of “Are Women People?” that addresses some of the recent issues (Sandra Fluke, mandatory ultrasounds for abortion-happy ladies, etc) and considers whether women are really sentient, autonomous beings any longer.
- Think Progress has the dish on “Women’s Impact on the Economy, By the Numbers.” Enlightening reading.
- From The Daily Beast, we have coverage of the third annual Women in the World summit. Status of women in the world? Click to find out!
- A bit belated, but here is a Washington Post piece on ways to celebrate IWD. A bit cheeky for my taste, but eh, what the heck? Click the clicky here.
- From Michael Moore’s book Stupid White Men, here’s an excerpt about “The End of Men.”
- From Brave New Films, producer of the documentaries Outfoxed and Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices, comes a look at how many times Rush Limbaugh can slander women in ONE MINUTE!
- And finally, from the Guardian Newspaper back in the old country, we have a treasure trove of user-submitted photos celebrating IWD. Our favorite? The first one, for celebrating IWD with joyful vandalism:
That’s all for now. Happy International Women’s Day!
The UK’s Royal Navy made history this week by naming Sarah West the first female in its history to command a warship. As they say in the U.S. military, HOOAH for small victories.
Despite this first, women in Britain and beyond still face an uphill battle when it comes to achieving equality in the armed forces. Women still cannot serve in the Royal Marines, the Submarine Service, the Household Cavalry and the Royal Armored Corps.
And as Chae pointed out in her post, Soldiers are Soldiers:
The number of female soldiers dying in combat situations is at an all-time high, but the U.S. military does not officially recognize female soldiers in combative military roles.
Congratulations, Lieutenant Commander West.
The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan may mean women’s rights fall further out of reach.
The United Nations reports that only 11% of sexually assaulted women worldwide report their rape.
The Human Rights Watch urges the Lebanese parliament to criminalize violence against women.
A whole buncha awesome stuff from the UN Women report 2011.
We don’t always have to be Debbie Downers. Or Don Downers, for the male readership we would never discredit.
Sometimes, it’s nice to think about the women who are kicking ass by taking charge.
Folks at The Washington Post did a nice slide show about 20 women who made history as “firsts” in their political office.
Thanks ladies for reminding the world we can run things too.
Five Saudi women were arrested by religious police yesterday for violating the fatwa barring women from driving. All have been released.
These arrests come on the heels of the June 17 protest organized by Saudi Women For Driving, which we reported on here, in which 42 women took to the road.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has declared her support for this movement, but it seems certain that declarations of support will not be enough to convince the kingdom to relax some of its harshest restrictions on women.
Read the New York Times story here.
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Add your signature to the petition to urge the automaker Subaru to stop selling its cars where women can’t drive them.
- The activist group Saudi Women for Driving is urging the automaker Subaru to stop selling its cars in Saudi Arabia, in the hope that this will put additional pressure on the kingdom to end the ban against women driving. You can sign the petition to tell Subaru to stop selling its cars where women can’t drive them here.
- Women’s rights groups, including Amnesty International, are calling upon the Indonesian government to withdraw a regulation that allows female circumcision, which the rights groups view as a form of genital mutilation.
- New Zealand’s Employers and Manufacturers Association CEO Alasdair Thompson says loss of productivity due to menstruation is the reason women earn less than men. Thompson said he is shocked that his comments caused international outrage. Welcome to the twenty-first century, dude.
- First Lady of the U.S. Michelle Obama (Whoohoo!) told an audience of young South African men and women that they must lead the charge to end the status of women as “second class citizens.”
Women’s Rights Group Petitions Subaru to Stop Selling in Saudi Arabia
Indonesia urged to ban female circumcision
Women’s sick day comments outrage
PSA [a public sector union in NZ] Says Sick Leave Stats Show Little Difference Between Men And Women
Michelle Obama urges Africa to advance women’s rights
The New York Times reports on yesterday’s protest, in which a number of Saudi women took to the road in defiance of the kingdom’s ban on women drivers.
Saudi women will take to the roads today in protest of the kingdom’s law that bans women from driving. Al Jazeera reports that some women have already broken the law today. Activists used social media to organize this and previous protests and say that they will not stop until the ban is lifted.