International Women’s Day 2010

Today is International Women’s Day, a special day which has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. As a Women’s Studies graduate, a mother and a lifelong feminist, this is a special day made especially memorable this year as I am standing as a candidate for the Green Party here in East Devon.

In 1928 British women were given the same rights as men to vote. This was ten years after women over the age of 3o were given the right to vote. Today, here in the UK, just one in five of our MPs is female. And while this figure is slightly better than the world average, we are trailing at the bottom end of the league table for European and established democracies.

Here’s some interesting Women’s Day things I’ve come across today & wanted to share with you:

http://www.girleffect.org/

Kathryn Bigelow is the first female director to win an Oscar today!

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