Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100th International Women's Day

Today is the 100th International Women's Day. Which, is very interesting in its own right, and certainly a good reason to look around and think about equality.

It's also rather depressing to realize that it's still needed. This day, designed to draw attention to gender-based inequality, has been around for a century. Last August was the 90th anniversary of women gaining the vote in what for most of those 90 years has been the world's most powerful country. And yet women do 60% of the world's work to earn just 10% of the pay, and own 1% of the property. Those are depressing numbers.

I'd also like to point you towards ways you can make a difference, and I'd like for you to watch this excellent video featuring Judith Dench and Daniel Craig (both of James Bond fame):

(video from Phil Plait)

Finally, I'd like to leave you with this quote from a thoroughly fantastic speech given by Joss Whedon (writer and director of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse):

So, why do you write these strong women characters?

Because equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity, we need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and women who’s confronted with it. We need equality, kinda now.

So, why do you write these strong female characters?

Because you’re still asking me that question.

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