Happy International Women’s Day


It was kind of kick-started by commies encouraging women to contribute to a great socialist empire, but anyone can celebrate International Women’s Day, which is today. Russians celebrate it by buying ladies flowers. Daniel Craig celebrates it by wearing a dress while Judi Dench assaults him with stats about gender inequality.

Some other suggestions for marking the occasion? Play around on the International Rescue Committee’s new Wake Up website, a multimedia campaign that, among other things, introduces visitors to women who are battling violence and disparity in unfathomably hostile environments, like this Jordanian gal. Her organization sneakily provides services to Iraqi refugee women who are being abused with impunity. Or read this profile of an Afghan prosecutor so brave her story just might choke you up. Or check out the PBS documentary about how striking lady-workers helped start the whole American union movement.

May you enjoy this empowery holiday, even if there are no flowers or large men in drag in your life.

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