“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
Since 1911, people the world over have been celebrating International Women’s day on March 8th as a day to celebrate the economic, social and political achievements of women and to highlight the work that still needs to be done to ensure full equality. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
To learn more about events going on around the world you can check out the International Women’s Day site .
If it weren’t for a whole host of amazing medical professionals, neither I nor my babies would probably have survived my pregnancies. I was preeclamptic with each of my two pregnancies and had my doctors not known what to look out for or been lax in monitoring me, I might have had a very different outcome. I needed care before, during and after labor. Because I received such a high standard of care, I was even able to avoid having c-sections or any more medical interventions during labor than those that were totally necessary.
The statistics are staggering–Every year across the world 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth. Another 7-10 million women and girls suffer severe or long lasting illnesses caused by complications in pregnancy and childbirth. The numbers multiply exponentially for women in developing countries.
It is hard to imagine my life without access to education.
November 10th is my birthday. Of the 35 years that I’ve been alive, I have spent about 2/3 of them in some kind of school…elementary, high school, college and graduate school twice. I assume both my son and my daughter will take a similar path.
Not once did anybody dare to suggest that because I am a female, I should not be educated.
Not so for much of the world.
In addition to being my birthday, November 10, 2012 is exactly one month from the day that Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl in Pakistan, was brutally shot in the head for promoting girls’ education.
Give it a minute to sink in.