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International Women's Day 2016

By Charlotte Robinson, March 08, 2016
International Women's Day (IWD) celebrated on March 8th was originally called International Working Women's Day & started as a Socialist political event combining the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. The earliest Women’s Day observance in the USA was held on February 28th 1909 in New York organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Every year there’s a theme & this year it’s "Pledging For Parity" asking that every man & women take a pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender equality whether to help women & girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect & value difference, develop more inclusive & flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated, “Equal pay is not yet equal. A woman makes 77 cents on a dollar & women of color make 67 cents. We feel so passionately about this because we are not only running for office, but we each, in our own way, have lived it. We have seen it. We have understood the pain & the injustice that has come because of race, because of gender. And it's imperative that we make it very clear that each of us will address these issues.” Gloria Steinem concluded “If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.”
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