by AUGUSTA CHRISTENSEN, Lawsonry
Today is the 103rd International Women's Day. Here's why it's still so necessary.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1909, eleven years before women won the right to vote in the United States. It was an international worker’s rights conference organized by the Socialist Party of America, and has been celebrated on March 8th for the last century.
So naturally, this begs the question, why do we still need International Women’s Day? Okay, if you’re a feminist blogger like I am, you may not actually be asking that question. But having been asked multiple times today, I’ve compiled fifty very good reasons that we still need to recognize International Women’s Day (in no particular order).
- There have been fewer than sixty female heads of state in the last seventy years.
- In the 20th century, there were only 28 elected female heads of state.
- Only 17% of representatives in the US Congress are women.
- The United States, the world’s biggest superpower in terms of military and GDP, has never had a woman as president.
- Only 7 of the US’s 50 governors are women.
- The highest number of female governors in the US at one time is 8.
- The US ranks 69th in the world in terms of women holding political office.
- In 2011, 80 new laws restricting access to abortion were introduced in the US.
- In 2011, a fetus took the stand in an Ohio courtroom in an attempt to encourage stricter gestational limits on abortion.
- In the 2012 US presidential campaign, birth control is a more controversial and talked about topic than the economy.