Thursday, March 8, 2018

Google Search: International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, so what better topic for a Google Search post today! Just to recap how this works -- I type a phrase into Google search and see what randomness predictive text returns. Some ATBer's answer the questions, themselves, like Mary's Fan in her search about writers. (Funny and worth a read, in case you missed it.) Today, I'm leaving it to Google.

So, here are my search results:

It feels only right to start with the history of the day. If you want to read more extensively, the chronology is here. In a nutshell, National Women's Day started in 1909 in honor of the garment workers strike in New York where women protested working conditions. It became international in 1911, but was not recognized by the United Nations until International Women's Year in 1975. Part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda is specifically focused on eradicating gender inequality.

Which, according to the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, is currently estimated to be 200 years away! Infuriating, yes? And why this year's theme is #PressforProgress. Specific actions include: forging positive visibility of women, influencing others' beliefs and actions; and celebrating women's achievements. (You can find out more, as well as join the International Women's Day movement here.)

There are tons of International Women's Day quotes, but my favorite comes from Malala Yousafzai:

And this one:

Speaking of raising strong women, I admit one of the best things I've seen in a long time is the line of International Women's Day barbies, which include snowboarder Chloe Kim, boxing champion Nicola Adams, and designer Leyla Piedayesh, as well as Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson.

These are definitely going on a few Christmas/birthday must-give lists for friends with younger kids.

There are events happening globally, as well as protests, including a women's walk out at Spanish newspaper El Pais, which shows exactly how critical women are to the functioning of its business. The Guardian is live blogging world events and, of course, you can follow #internationalwomensday2018 on Twitter

Are you -- or is your employer -- doing anything special for International Women's Day today? I know my husband's company is hosting a special screening of the film Hidden Figures tonight, which I think is pretty cool. As for me, since I'm a woman and my own boss, I'm embracing this thought today. And every day.


Carrie Beckort said...

Great post, Brenda - and love the quotes you used!

Brenda St John Brown said...

Thank you!

Cheryl Oreglia said...

Well Done Brenda! I truly believe the survival of our planet depends on the educational opportunities for all women! Our school honored women with an assembly and speakers from our student body and greater community. Great Post!

ajaykr said...

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