International Woman’s Day is today. The non-Hallmark holiday is “a day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” And boy do we have cause to celebrate . . .
Kathryn Bigelow scored a MAJOR victory for women at the Academy Awards last night when she became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director AND beat her ex-husband to boot! Sweet, sweet victory.
The hard-won progress women have made over the last few centuries is nothing short of stunning and boy should the women of today be thankful. A few highlights:
- Women moved from being unable to inherit or own property to amassing their own sizeable fortunes. Shining Example: Oprah Winfrey.
- In 1920, the 19th Amendment granting American women the right to vote was passed. The Ladies Who Got It Done: Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton who started the movement for the amendment in 1869! Yep, you read that right it took 51 years.
- Women are now a vital part of the workforce. Indeed, more than 50% of those admitted to law school are women. This was not the case only 50 years ago. Thanks to our grandmothers and mothers for demanding the right to work outside of the home.
- Women are breaking into fields dominated by men. Shining Examples: Chelsea Handler who gives the late night boys a run for their money and Cat Cora, the only female Iron Chef.
Now is not the time for complacency, however, we still have a long, long way to go. In the States, we have yet to elect a woman President or even Vice President, for that matter (my money’s on Chelsea Clinton to break the male streak). Many fields are still very male dominated (wine makers and chefs are still largely male). And, women still earn less than men for doing the same work.
So, today let’s celebrate the trail-blazing women who have made our lives possible and help open new opportunities for the women of tomorrow.