Today is International Women's Day. It has been observed since in the early 1900's. In 1910 when an International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. The idea of an International Women's Day (IWD) was proposed and greeted with unanimous approval. IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers. So why is it not observed in the US? Not all women are mothers, so you can't say that "Well, we have mother's day". That's not fair to the countless women that don't have children. IWD is a holiday that should be observed everywhere. In the US, with the increasing attacks on women, both physically and verbally, it's time that we were given our due. How many girls are taught about Women's Suffrage in school? I remember a short chapter on it and a School House Rock cartoon. That's about it.Many women born after the 1970's in America think all the battles have been won for women. But the truth of the matter is, they haven't. Sure, there are more women in the boardrooms, better equality in our laws and more impressive women role models, but the unfortunate fact remains that there is still a pay inequity between women and men, there are not an equal number of women compared to men in our business world and in politics and globally, women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. Just look at Rush Limbaugh and his attack on women that want to use birth control. Regardless of your stance on the issue of who should be responsible to pay for it, calling a woman a slut and a prostitute as your only means of "invalidating" her argument FOR getting birth control is archaic, malicious, and just ignorant. It's not all bleak however. There have been many improvements made. Today we have female CEO's Doctors, Astronauts and Prime Ministers. Women can have a career and still have a family and today women have real choices and chances to succeed. Every year on March 8th, thousands of events are held throughout the world to celebrate IWD. I encourage you to check out the International Women's Day website to learn more about this day. Also check out Rock The Red Lips Facebook page which encourages you to wear red lipstick in support of International Women's Day.On To The Poll!1. Lip Of The Day? - Bite lipstick in Zivoli! Looking for a red lipstick for yourself? Check out my 51 entries under "Red Lips" on The Pink Sith Blog.2. Did you even know it was International Women's Day today? - Until three days ago, I had no idea. I say someone pin the Rock The Red Lip picture on Pintrest and clicked through to learn more about it.3. If you had lipstick on your teeth would you want to be told? If you saw a stranger with lipstick on their teeth would you tell them? - Yes. I would want to be told and I have been grateful for them telling me so. I have approached strangers about lipstick on their teeth, but not all strangers. Maybe if I was in a more intimate setting like in a powder room at a department store or in a small shop, but if I was walking down the street and saw a woman walking the other way I don't think I would stop her. Oh an when I have told women abut the lipstick on their teeth thing, they have all been really grateful that I told them. 4. Do any of you remember School House Rock cartoons? If you are not from my generation or from the US, did you have something similar when growing up? (Basically 2-3 min cartoons teaching about grammar, math and history.) - Well yes. I just added one in this post...but I'm also exposing Darthypie to them as well. We have them on DVD and we watch them a lot. He like Conjunction Junction. Who Doesn't? (HA! Not that song is in your head! See what I did there?)5. Pick a makeup brand and tell me the a) Best item from that brand and b) Worst item from that brand. - OK. I'll pick NARS. Best item - Powder Eyeshadows. The colors are complex and pretty and the quality is excellent. Worst Item - Soft Touch Shadow Pencil. Those pencils crease so fast and so easy. I couldn't even get one to stay uncreased in the time it took me to apply it and then take a picture. They just need to reformulate it or just stop making them.
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