Monday, March 9, 2015

"Make Things Happen"

I have always been fascinated by history and the courageous women of the past whose strength and courage changed the world. Today, March 8, 2015, marks the 2015 International Women's Day, a worldwide event celebrated in twenty-seven countries. Recognized as a national holiday in many countries, this year's theme, Make Things Happen, is purposefully designed to be an outcry for equality and the discrimination of women across the globe. While many advancements in gender equity have occurred since the first International Women's Day in 1911, issues of discrimination and equity still exist.

"In the U.S., the problem is no less pronounced than it is elsewhere. According to the U.S. Census, women make less than 80 percent of what men do. Women hold 19 percent of seats in Congress. And among CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, fewer than 5 percent are women." 
Because the issue of gender equity is one of great concern, today thousands marched in the streets of New York City. They were joined by the First Lady of New York City, Chrilane McCray who stated, "This march started more than a century ago, but we still have a long way to go before we get to equality." (ABC News) 

"Women's rights are human rights,"
the crowd chanted as they marched.
Thousands deep, they walked the streets
heralding a message of equity,
loudly crying out to a world of sleepy denial.

In strong unison, women and "men sisters" 
marched despite winter's cold,
noting the need for global action.
With open arms, New York City 
greeted the throngs
who championed change.

Let their voices be heard.

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