Is once a year enough for International Womens Day?

Of course not. We reckon it needs to be more regular, simply to keep women in the limelight.

Women in the developing world
What’s wrong with this picture? pic: Max Panamā

And because you’re reading this, it’s unlikely you’d disagree.

That’s why every day is International Women’s Day to us. We shouldn’t even need to be talking about it.

International Women’s Day in Australia

Australia’s first International Women’s Day was held in 1928 in Sydney. Organised by the Militant Women’s Movement – (we LOVE this name!), – women called for equal pay for equal work, an 8 hour working day for shop girls and paid leave. The next year the event spread to Brisbane. In 1931, annual marches were launched in both Sydney and Melbourne and both marches continue to be held today.

Only a few years ago, the fact that there were more CEO’s in Australia named Peter than there were female CEO’s, was made public. It caused quite stir. Has anything changed? Possibly more named David and John these days. Sadly, no country in the world has yet achieved gender equality.

International Women’s Day today

International Women’s Day has become a time to reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate the courage and determination of the women who changed history, and those who will advance gender equality into the future. International Women’s Day is an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise for meaningful change. (Courtesy UN Women Australia.)

We’d like to share a couple of wonderfully written items with you.

Both were published a couple of years ago and will be relevant for some time to come. One is a speech, the other an article. About women and their place in the world. Both absolutely worth your time. We encourage you to share these (this page) with the women in your life.

On being a woman

“I am a woman born of women, and we are many. Here is my woman’s truth. I am creative, clever, capable, kind, courageous and compassionate. And so are you.”    Read more

Courtesy Dumbo Feather – conversations with extraordinary people.

What Australia can learn from Iceland about gender equality

“In late 2017, Iceland topped the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gaps between men and women in the key areas of education, health, economics and politics.” 
So what’s Iceland’s secret?   Find out

Courtesy Sydney Morning Herald