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Monday, March 8, 2010

Happy International Women's Day!

Hi Everyone!

Happy International Women's Day to all! Hope that, wherever you are, you are doing something for YOU today! If you're in Toronto, it's a balmy 12 degrees Celsius on March 8--you can't beat that! Take a walk, ride a bike or sit outside with a coffee for a few minutes. If you want to really energize yourself, join me at 6 today for a fabulous Nia class with Jenn Hicks at 918 Bathurst. It's only $15 for 75 minutes that I look forward to every Monday! Check out http://www.jennhicks.ca/ to learn more about Jenn and Nia.

On a more sobering note, here are some points to ponder on International Women's Day (my stats from the Metro, March 8, Toronto edition):

* This day has been observed since 1911 to mark women's achievements everywhere. It is an official holiday in many countries worldwide, including China, Russia and Vietnam. Hmmm . . . why not in Canada and the U.S.? Are women here considered so well off that we don't need such a day?

*Women in many so-called "well off" areas are still doing low-wage work. In Toronto, for example, women between the ages of 25 and 44 earn 65.7 per cent of the average earnings of men, only 3.7 percent up from 1998.

*Although there are 2.5 billion men and 2.5 billion women around the world of working age, only 1.2 billion women are employed, compared to 1.8 billion men--that's a difference of 600 million jobs.

*Forty-eight percent of women remain economically inactive, compared to 22 per cent of men.

So . . . any thoughts on this? The good, the bad, the ugly? Let's hear what YOU are doing to celebrate IWD, and what YOU would like to see happen!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lauren, Love your blog and am anxious to see what colours you'll be wearing this evening as I head over to your place for dinner!

    Another literacy colleague of ours posted a link to the most amazing NFB video on Marilyn Waring for IWD and I just want to pass on the link to it here for anyone interested. It's a 90 minute video but worth every single minute to watch. Life changing and so affirming in this IWD month! http://literaciescafe.blogspot.com/2010/03/happy-international-womens-day.html