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Saturday, March 08, 2008

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day.

More than 15,000 women marched in New York City in 1908 demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights.

One hundred years later, we've got our voting rights. And the first woman candidate for President of The United States.

Not so in the rest of the world.

Women still hold up half of the sky, as that Ancient Chinese saying goes, but we bear more than our share of the world's burden.

To find out more about the work of International Women's Day, please visit their website

And, make a generous contribution to the Millennium Development Goals through Episcopal Relief and Development.


clumber said...

>> And the first woman candidate for President of The United States.

Technically, no.

Not that I remember it, but Victoria Claflin Woodhull is listed as the first woman presidential candidate in the United States when she was nominated by the National Radical Reformers, in 1872!

And Margaret Chase Smith, of Maine, was the first woman nominated for president of the United States by a major political party, at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco in 1964.

And finally, Shirley Chisholm was a candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 1972.

However, Hillary Clinton was the first woman in U.S. history to win a presidential primary contest in 2008 in New Hampshire.

msliberty said...

Here's another rather good historical site.