"To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do."-Spanish proverb
Happy Fat Tuesday and Happy International Women's Day. You probably have enough reasons to be excited that it's Fat Tuesday (hello? king cake, jambalaya and gumbo) so here are the top six reasons to be just as excited about International Women's Day:
6. You are a woman.
Demographic data shows that if you are reading this right now, you are likely a woman. It also shows if you are a male reading this, you are manly enough to care deeply about bridging the gender gap but don't mind reading about foo dogs and flowers.
5. This is the 100th anniversary of the day.
Making it to a hundred of anything is always a big deal.
4. Our mothers, grandmothers and great-grannies have done a lot for us.
No doubt women have come a long way in the last 100 years. If it weren't for them, it would be unlikely we would be expressing opinions on a blog, bringing home the bacon (and turning it into a fabulous bacon cupcake), or voting (yes, American Idol counts). Yet, on a serious note, there's still a ways to go worldwide, as you will learn from many of the stats highlighted on the web today. Example: Women perform two-thirds of the world's work and produce half the world's food, but earn just 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property. Along with stats, this day brings a lot of interesting topics and discussions to light like Feministing.com's Courtney Martin's talk about Reinventing Feminism on TED.
3. There will be people on bridges.
Google teamed up with Women For Women International to invite people all over the world to come together on bridges to show their support for women's causes. They make it super easy to find an event today or if you're chained to your desk, the Google site allows you to check-in virtually. The page has also made it very simple to donate to your favorite women's causes including the Global Fund for Women, the Komen Foundation, Society of Women Engineers, Dress For Success, CARE and the Girl Scouts with just a few clicks.
2. There is shopping involved.
Show your support with some fashionable goods that support women's causes. Kate Spade has partnered with Women for Women International to create jewelry and a tote handcrafted by women in Rwanda. Diane Von Furstenberg has limited edition tees and totes that benefit the non-profit Vital Voices. Her line is also releasing a special edition CD with tunes from Florence + The Machine, Katy Perry and Madonna. And for fair trade handmade goods made from women around the world Global Goods Partners always has interesting gifts and goodies for yourself.
And the number one reason to be excited..
1. Girls rule!
image source: europarl.europa.eu, wafreepress.org