International Women’s Day 2008

by MomGrind

international-womens-dayToday, International Women’s Day, I am thankful to all the brave women who fought so hard over the years to give women basic human and civil rights.

Today I am amazed to think that national women’s suffrage in the United States did not exist until 1920; that abortion was only legalized in 1973; and that women had to fight hard to gradually obtain the rights to higher education, to own property and to initiate divorce proceedings.

Today I am also reminded that at a UN Conference in 2001 it was stated that “in the world as a whole, women comprise 51 percent of the population, do 66 percent of the work, receive 10 percent of the income and own less than one percent of the property”.

Obviously, we still have a long way to go.

Photo by huxleyesque

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