March 8 is International Women's Day, a holiday for all women that recalls the principle of equality between men and women. Established by the United Nations in 1977, this day is based on the legislative progress that, in the twentieth century, has advanced the rights of women in many countries around the world.
While laws for equality are in place, it doesn't mean equality reigns in daily life. For example, while women should earn equal wages for the same work there is in fact up to a 20% gap between women's wages and men's wages.
Even in modern households, women often do more than 50% of the household chores. This is often in addition to caring for children and working a full or part-time job.
But worse than simply doing extra chores, it's a sad truth that many women are still victims of domestic violence today. In the US, an average of 3 women are killed per day by their significant other. Of all the women murdered in the US, about 1/3 were killed by their partner.For more information and statistics, visit NOW.org.
But let's look on the bright side...
There are many wonderful men out there who love and respect the women in their lives. Today, let's celebrate these women!
If you are a man ... offer to help out with some chores for the day. And most importantly, let every woman in your life know how much you appreciate them.
If you are a woman ... celebrate! Get the girls together for lunch or dinner, and say a quick hello to all the women who are important in your life.
Happy International Women's Day, everyone!
Enjoy your special day!
Your special day!