Thursday, March 8, 2007

Remembering International Women's Day

On this International Women's Day, it is a good time to remember that women have long fought for their rights,

(National Woman's Party protest outside the White House, 1917)

....and continue to do so.

Kuwait women's protest for the right to vote, 2005.

BBC Radio has excellent coverage of an International Women's Day protest in Iran, and it's suppression, here. Crooked Timber posts on Internatonal Women's Day in Iran, with many helpful links, here.

IntLawGrrls covers Japan's failure to address wartime crimes against women taken as sex slaves, here, also covered in today's New York Times, here. Look to IntLawGrrls for other news about women and international law.

Feminist Law Professors features economist and feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman, here.

The United Nation's International Women's Day website is here.

How to look for silver linings? When I see a page like this in the New York Times -- an obituary page recognizing several men, and no women, which happens often -- I say to my boyfriend: look, more evidence that women outlive men! No women died recently!