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  • max ediger
    Dear friends: Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day. It is a day especially set aside to remember the tremendously important role women have
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      Dear friends:

       

      Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women�s Day.  It is a day especially set aside to remember the tremendously important role women have played and continue to play in the mission of building a more just and peaceful world.  It is also a day to remember the lack of equality within our present societies where women still are often not accepted as equals.  On this special day, let us all focus our thoughts on the significant contributions women have made, and are making, in our homes, villages, nations and the world.  Let us listen to their voices on this March 8 and in all the days to come so that we may understand more clearly where injustice and inequality still remain in our communities.  And then let us all commit ourselves to participating, supportively and constructively, in the movement for genuine justice, equality and peace for all.......max ediger

       

      Below is a brief history of International Women�s Day as provided on the UN website.

      International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

      International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand women's suffrage.

      The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important events:

      1909

      In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of that month through 1913.

      1910

      The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date was selected for the observance.

      1911

      As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

      Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of International Women's Day.

      1913-1914

      As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8 March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

      1917

      With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for "bread and peace". Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women went on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere.

      Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political and economic process. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights.



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    • max
      Dear friends: Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women s Day. It is a day especially set aside to remember the tremendously important role women have played
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        Dear friends:



        Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day. It is a day
        especially set aside to remember the tremendously important role
        women have played and continue to play in the mission of building a
        more just and peaceful world. It is also a day to remember the lack
        of equality within our present societies where women still are often
        not accepted as equals. On this special day, let us all focus our
        thoughts on the significant contributions women have made, and are
        making, in our homes, villages, nations and the world. Let us listen
        to their voices on this March 8 and in all the days to come so that
        we may understand more clearly where injustice and inequality still
        remain in our communities. And then let us all commit ourselves to
        participating, supportively and constructively, in the movement for
        genuine justice, equality and peace for all.......max ediger



        Below is a brief history of International Women's Day as provided on
        the UN website.

        International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's
        groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United
        Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday.
        When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries
        and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political
        differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back
        to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for
        equality, justice, peace and development.

        International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of
        history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to
        participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient
        Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to
        end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling
        for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand
        women's suffrage.

        The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of
        the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of
        expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical
        ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important
        events:

        1909

        In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America,
        the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States
        on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of
        that month through 1913.

        1910

        The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a
        Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for
        women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for
        women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the
        conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the
        first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date
        was selected for the observance.

        1911

        As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year,
        International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in
        Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one
        million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to
        vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to
        vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

        Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New
        York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them
        Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on
        labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions
        leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances
        of International Women's Day.

        1913-1914

        As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I,
        Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the
        last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8
        March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the
        war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

        1917

        With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again
        chose the last Sunday in February to strike for "bread and peace".
        Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women
        went on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was
        forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the
        right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian
        calendar then in use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian
        calendar in use elsewhere.

        Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new
        global dimension for women in developed and developing countries
        alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been
        strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has
        helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated
        efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political
        and economic process. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a
        time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate
        acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played
        an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights.
      • Goldy George
        This is wonderful information. and this will certainly help many people in many ways. Goldy max wrote: Dear friends: Tomorrow, March 8,
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          This is wonderful information. and this will certainly help many people in many ways.
          Goldy

          max <maxediger@...> wrote:

          Dear friends:



          Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day.  It is a day
          especially set aside to remember the tremendously important role
          women have played and continue to play in the mission of building a
          more just and peaceful world.  It is also a day to remember the lack
          of equality within our present societies where women still are often
          not accepted as equals.  On this special day, let us all focus our
          thoughts on the significant contributions women have made, and are
          making, in our homes, villages, nations and the world.  Let us listen
          to their voices on this March 8 and in all the days to come so that
          we may understand more clearly where injustice and inequality still
          remain in our communities.  And then let us all commit ourselves to
          participating, supportively and constructively, in the movement for
          genuine justice, equality and peace for all.......max ediger



          Below is a brief history of International Women's Day as provided on
          the UN website.

          International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's
          groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United
          Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday.
          When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries
          and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political
          differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back
          to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for
          equality, justice, peace and development.

          International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of
          history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to
          participate in society on an equal footing with men. In ancient
          Greece, Lysistrata initiated a sexual strike against men in order to
          end war; during the French Revolution, Parisian women calling
          for "liberty, equality, fraternity" marched on Versailles to demand
          women's suffrage.

          The idea of an International Women's Day first arose at the turn of
          the century, which in the industrialized world was a period of
          expansion and turbulence, booming population growth and radical
          ideologies. Following is a brief chronology of the most important
          events:

          1909

          In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America,
          the first National Woman's Day was observed across the United States
          on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate it on the last Sunday of
          that month through 1913.

          1910

          The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a
          Women's Day, international in character, to honour the movement for
          women's rights and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for
          women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the
          conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the
          first three women elected to the Finnish parliament. No fixed date
          was selected for the observance.

          1911

          As a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year,
          International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in
          Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one
          million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to
          vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to
          vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

          Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New
          York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them
          Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on
          labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions
          leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances
          of International Women's Day.

          1913-1914

          As part of the peace movement brewing on the eve of World War I,
          Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the
          last Sunday in February 1913. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around 8
          March of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the
          war or to express solidarity with their sisters.

          1917

          With 2 million Russian soldiers dead in the war, Russian women again
          chose the last Sunday in February to strike for "bread and peace".
          Political leaders opposed the timing of the strike, but the women
          went on anyway. The rest is history: Four days later the Czar was
          forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the
          right to vote. That historic Sunday fell on 23 February on the Julian
          calendar then in use in Russia, but on 8 March on the Gregorian
          calendar in use elsewhere.

          Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new
          global dimension for women in developed and developing countries
          alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been
          strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has
          helped make the commemoration a rallying point for coordinated
          efforts to demand women's rights and participation in the political
          and economic process. Increasingly, International Women's Day is a
          time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate
          acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played
          an extraordinary role in the history of women's rights.






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