Happy International Women's Day! This day to celebrate and empower women has evolved over the years, beginning as a Socialist political event in 1909 and now varying in its celebrations country by country. Depending on where you are, International Women's Day could be highly political, a day to celebrate women's achievements, used for protesting violence against women or fighting for women's rights, or a time to honor the women in your life with flowers and candy. Protests, parades, flash mobs, and discount shopping: see how women around the globe are recognizing International Women's Day now!
Are you every woman? Is there a she wolf in your closet? If so, you'll love our girl power playlist in honor of International Women's Day. With the help of the Spice Girls, Beyoncé, and more you can celebrate while you're working or getting ready for a girls' night out. Enjoy!
Want to know what being a woman in tech is all about? How about being a woman in tech in . . . Africa? For this year's International Women's Day, we're celebrating leading ladies around the world by tuning in to the voices of female trailblazers in technology. Google is live streaming the Voices Global Conference, a 24-hour event hosted by Global Tech Women.
All of the Voices Global Conference sessions feature women working in computer science and will be available for free throughout the day. In addition to the streaming videos, Google will be uploading new episodes of its Women Techmakers series to give more visibility to female developers at the top and provide role models for the next generation of engineers.
The company is providing this online platform for trendsetting techmakers to "help women and other audiences around the world learn more and get inspired about the contributions women are making to technology and computer science."
Check Diversity at Google's YouTube channel for new live streams posted all day long. If you want to jump in right away, hang out with influential female African entrepreneurs and Internet pioneers at Google Africa after the break.
On this celebration of International Women's Day, we're paying respect to the women who left their mark on modern life through science. Proving that physics, wireless technology, and computer programming aren't just traits of a boys' club, and years ahead of their time at that, learn more about the women who showed us that science is the coolest subject of all.
- Diane von Furstenberg is offering free Champagne and treats in all its boutiques tomorrow, March 8, in honor of International Women's Day. [Facebook]
- Lunch at the Louis Vuitton apartment and two seats at Victoria Beckham's next runway show are just a few of the prizes on offer from David Gandy's Ebay auction to benefit Comic Relief. Also up for grabs: a day spent with Gandy himself. [Telegraph]
- A number of handbags were stolen from Gucci's boutique in London last night after a black Mercedes-Benz crashed through the glass front doors of the flagship. [Telegraph]
Those stories and more here, in our daily news roundup.
Happy International Women's Day! This day to celebrate and empower women has evolved over the years, beginning as a Socialist political event in 1909, and now varying in its celebrations country by country. Depending on where you are, International Women's Day could be highly political, a day to celebrate women's achievements, used for protesting violence against women or fighting for women's rights, or a time to honor the women in your life with flowers and candy. From soccer games to fashion shows to heated rallies to topless protesting, see how women in leadership and beyond are recognizing International Women's Day around the world now!
- Celebrity moms making the world a better place — LilSugar
- The benefits of bringing a casual hookup home — College Candy
- 5 cheap Mardi Gras-inspired dates — Glamour
- Is semen a mood enhancer? — YourTango
- Dreaming about an ex you were never into — Em & Lo
- 15 ineffective pickup attempts — Nerve
- What's your definition of dating? — The Frisky
- 4 ways women outperform men at work — SavvySugar
I don't remember when I first learned women were once second-class citizens, but I grew up believing it was a thing of the past. In school, girls were better behaved, more organized, and better students, and I never felt limited in any way by being female. I also just happened to be drawn to traditional girly things: dancing, cheerleading, and majoring in English. Some would probably say I was a victim of sexism without even knowing it.
So while I've been fortunate to not experience sexism firsthand, I would never say it's a relic of the past; but, nearly 60 percent of British women say sexism is dead in the UK. On International Women's Day, it's good to remember that while women in the Western world may have it better than, say, women in Sudan, they still aren't free from sexism.
From the treatment of single women over 40 in real life and on screen; to the boys' club that still exists in politics, finance, law, or even comedy writing and the upper echelons of the otherwise female-filled media; to the piddling number of women at the top of Fortune 500 companies; all the way down to a Norwegian company asking female employees to wear red bracelets when they have their periods, sexism exists.
So I don't think the question should be whether sexism is dead, but how alive is it? Has it ever gotten in your way?
"In 2010 women became the majority in the workforce," is how the above video opens. I expected the next sentence to discuss the wage gap or how men still rule boardrooms, but instead the voice-over says: "Still it's difficult to talk about menstruation."
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, since the video is part of an initiative by feminine hygiene brand SCA trying to make menstruation less taboo. The company conducted a study that found most women experience social discomfort while on their period. To combat that, SCA wants women and men to talk about menstruation during a 28-day period starting today, International Women's Day. If you start seeing "Period." show up in your Facebook feed, you'll know it's working.
Last year, a tampon-ad-meets-social-experiment from Kotex demonstrated a man's inability to calmly confront the idea of menstruation. A young woman stood outside a drug store, asking men to run inside and buy her tampons. If most men are like the one guy who said, "Can I get you toilet paper?" I have a feeling it will be tough to get many to talk about a woman's period openly. But maybe that just shows how much we need an awareness campaign like the one from SCA. Will you try to break down the taboo surrounding menstruation, or do you it's think a topic better suited for private conversation?
- Pro-women demonstrations met with anti-feminist chants in Egypt — CNN
- NRA credits Sarah Palin for a rise in female membership — Double X
- Charlie Sheen drinks tiger blood — Huffington Post
- Meanwhile, who should replace him on Two and a Half Men? — BuzzSugar
- Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are the queen and king of Carnival — PopSugar
- Oprah's OWN network already heading for a reboot — New York Post
- Shocking: women post photos online to raise self-esteem — Atlantic
- Facebook gets rights to stream WB movies — GeekSugar