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International Womens’ Day – Keep on Keeping On

I’m not even going to pose the question.  Of course we still need special focus on the issues that hold women back in the world.  Today is International Womens’ Day, an annual event started in 1911 in Copenhagen.  At the time, the focus was on women’s suffrage and driving for equal rights in society for women.  I bet the women in attendance at that event would have been stunned to learn that over 100 years later, their mission wouldn’t have been accomplished on a global basis.

While women in developed countries largely enjoy equality in the eyes of the law, wage inequity persists. For women in developing countries, wage inequity as a challenge will rate way below violence, illiteracy and poverty.  Malala Yousufzai, pictured here, came to international attention last October when she was shot in the head by the Taliban because she advocated for education for girls.

By all means, take a moment today to celebrate how far women have come.  This video from Kronos reminds us of many ways that women have contributed to society and have enjoyed expanded rights from the suffragette days.  But let’s not forget our many sisters, though, for whom the most basic of equal rights still remain out of reach.

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