A Message for International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8th, by Elizabeth Debold in Blog, Culture, Gender, Uncategorized. 4 comments

Today, the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, women in Egypt stepped into history by marching in Tahrir Square by the hundreds. They had optimistically called their action “The Million Women March” and although they were not joined on the streets by millions of women, the entire world watched as they moved forward for millions of their sisters in Egypt and across this awakening region. Men met them with abuse and violence, which only made the courage of their actions more apparent.

It’s extraordinary to see women rising up, being the instigators in the Revolutions that are toppling entrenched regimes. Young women are shaming their male peers by daring to speak out and take to the streets.

And while this is a wholly different reality from the one that those of us privileged postmoderns in the West live in, women and men still inhabit very different worlds here, as this video from the UK shows:

4 responses to “A Message for International Women’s Day”

  1. magali rowan says:

    Wow! This is fabulous Elizabeth. Thank you so much!

  2. Tara Jones says:

    How powerful is that? It really is in our hands.

  3. Frank Luke says:

    Will the midEast rebellions effect half of the world’s population to come to asserting that they hold up half of the sky and that paternalism is undemocratic and unjust.

    We will see a radical change for the better when women become educated and responsible partners in running the world.

    Let’s hope it’s sooner than later!

    Go, girls and women!

  4. Caroline Hitch says:

    Even the West is still entrenched in the Patriarchal institutions of hierarchal domination. But we’re seeing everywhere that the Yang is giving way to the Yin. The liberation of women is the most significant event of the millennium. The caring world that women dream of will come to pass because it is they that carry the vision.

    Thanks, Elizabeth, for your very relevant offering!


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