Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.
– Myra Pollack Sadker, researcher who documented blatant gender bias in education.
Good morning and welcome to March 1, the first day of Women’s History Month.
March is a very exciting time for us here at SK, and we are thrilled to promote the the National Women’s History Project that is spearheading awareness of important women in history and present day – very much like we do here at SK, but with a budget.
We are going to do some pieces on the suffragette movement, such as the origin and what some women endured so today’s women could have better liberties. And, did you know that Meryl Street and Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan are RIGHT NOW making a move called “Suffragette?” Talk about the ultimate chick flick! We’ll track that, too.
March is also a big deal around here because it houses March 8, which is “International Women’s Day,” a global annual event since 1911. First begun in Russia (which can use some good PR about now) the day was set aside to recognize amazing women and to acknowledge the equality gaps between men and women in everything from employment and educational opportunities to housing and basic human rights.
Despite its longevity, my pub and I have never heard of International Women’s Day until last year. Where have we been? To our defense, International Women’s Day is not recognized yet as a major event in the United States.
But good news, my pub and I now have it on our radar and are psyched to honor the women who make our lives so special. Around the world, women – and not just mothers and wives – are presented with small tokens by those who appreciate them. They may receive a single flower from a colleague, a poem from a friend, a small box of chocolates from a brother.
My Pub and I are going to give you a head start. We found a site that has ecards for International Women’s Day. http://www.123greetings.com/tags/women_s_day.html
We urge you to send a few out to your mom, sisters, cousins, friends, wife, colleague and all other women who you feel are special. The cards are simple and take only a few minutes out of each your days,(ok, adding all those email address is a pain,) but their message will last a lifetime. Go ahead, make many people’s days.
Gotta sign off now. Just home from Camp Fresh Pond and MAD is high in the sky (according to flight tracker) on his way home from the UK. We’ve got to string lights, bake and decorate for Women’s History Month. It’s such a big deal around here, my pub might even break out the vacuum.
The adorable accompanying photo is courtesy of the National Women’s History Project