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Monday Cannon Fodder: International Women’s Day

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International Womens Day in Moscow Photo by Sergei Karpukhin\TASS via Getty Images

In case you weren’t aware, March 8th is International Women’s Day. From InternationalWomensDay.com:

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

celebrate women’s achievements

raise awareness about women’s equality

lobby for accelerated gender parity

fundraise for female-focused charities

The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge, which means challenging inequality, calling out bias, questioning stereotypes, and helping forge an inclusive world.

One of the things that immediately jumps to my mind when I hear “gender inequality” is the wage gap. In the United States as of 2018, women earned, on average, 82 cents for every one dollar a white man earned. That is unjust and wrong, and as a society, we need to work to eliminate gender discrimination in the workplace, in whatever form it may take.

As mentioned above, International Women’s Day is also a day to celebrate women’s achievements, so I’d like to take a moment for my mother.

She is a wonderful person who has accomplished so much personally and professionally and had such a positive impact on me and everybody with whom she comes in contact. She became a lawyer in a time when women weren’t really part of the legal profession. She dealt with and pushed back against sexism and bias in the workplace, never letting it stop her. She raised my sister and I to be kind, caring, and good people (if I do say so myself), traits that she herself lives everyday. I’m proud of the values she taught me and a good deal of my desire to make the world a better, more equitable place comes from her. And she continues to help me grow and be a better person every by challenging me to think differently and critically every time we talk. So thanks, Mom, for everything. You’re amazing.

In the comments today, if you’d like, please share and celebrate the achievements of a woman or women in your life. As always, please be respectful.