International Women’s Day

So today is International Women’s Day. It is celebrated all over the world and has been observed since the early 1900′s. There have been many struggles and achievements reached by all different women in our past. Clara Zetkin, who was a leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, came up with the idea of an International Women’s Day. In 1910, she proposed that every year there should be a celebration on the same day in every country to press for women’s demands. This idea sprung from the oppression and inequality women were feeling in the early 1900′s because of hours they worked, the pay they received, and voting rights.

Now, observed on March 8th around the world, women have made many strides but many women know that these strides can be short-lived. Women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts, there are still not enough women in business and politics, women are working outside the home and still doing a majority of the household duties, and violence against women still exists everywhere.

What do we teach our daughters so that they move forward to secure equal rights everywhere? I’m not so sure we are doing a good job in that arena. Below is a video posted on YouTube showing Alana, one of the Toddlers & Tiara’s contestants. I understand she is a little girl and doing only what her mother is pushing her to do. It’s the mother I worry about. Where does equality for women come in when you teach your daughter to dress like Daisy Duke and showing your belly and wiggling your bum will get you farther in a contest. Why do these pageants even exist today, especially for such young girls? I don’t understand.

You’ll see in the video the little girl yells out “a Dolla makes me holla” and the parent’s laughter is heard in the background. Really? I think International Women’s Day just took a backseat and Clara Zetkin must be rolling over in her grave.

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By Tessa

My name is Tessa. I'm married and a mom of two grown children. I‘ve always been a working mom. This isn’t necessarily a mommy blog, although I plan to write about food, my life in general, the boring mundane parts, and the wonderful, precious moments and memories that the average every day is made of. I’ll share my DIY moments as a novice beginner

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