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Happy 100th birthday IWD. The first IWD was run in 1911. The following history comes from www.internationalwomensday.com

“Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses’ campaign.”

IWD is a day for celebration. We’ve come a long way in 100 years. Its also pretty wonderful to take a day and just celebrate being women. But, its also a day to reflect on how much there still is to do, both here in Canada and also around the world. This article from the Globe and Mail is a beautiful and heart-wrenching look at how women experience life as women around the world.  What can we do for them? What can we do here at home to move closer to true equality? This video questions whether men and women in developed countries really are equals. What do you think?

What does IWD mean to you?

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