International Women’s Day and A Day Without Women become A Day Without School too


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Today is International Women’s Day, a day created by the United Nations set aside to call attention to the need for equality, education and rights for women worldwide.

This year, a movement has decided to host “A Day Without A Woman” on today in order to call attention to the importance of women to the economy.


Women were encouraged by organizers to wear red, not go to work or spend any money and to engage in solidarity activities.

In some schools systems nationwide, so many teachers and bus drivers called off that school had to be called off for all students today.

Several schools in at least four states were closed Wednesday so teachers can participate in gender equality demonstration.

Although the Day was planned before the US election and the school systems insist that the days off aren’t political, some are equating the movement to a protest against the Trump administration.

It is not without reason because the organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of Trump, are supporting the strike.

Among the groups supporting Wednesday’s demonstration are Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org and Amnesty International, according to the Women’s March website.

On Monday, school officials in Alexandria, Va., North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and New York announced they are canceling classes in anticipation of staff shortages due to the event.

 

In a last minute decision, school officials  in Prince George’s County in Maryland closed school for today, Wednesday, after 1,700 teachers asked for the day off to participate in the protest. About 30 percent of the transportation staff also requested an absense.

In Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools  after more than 300 staff members requested a leave.

“This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Alexandria Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said in an email Monday to parents.

“We have been closely monitoring requests for leave on March 8, including communicating with school leaders and our education association,” Crawley said. “The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction. It is not based on a political stance or position.”

The announcement had many parents scrambling to make child care arrangements, or, in some cases, request a leave of absence from work to stay home with their children.

The Alexandria City Public School district’s Facebook page has become a forum for parents to share their opinions over the cancellation of classes.

#IWD2016: Here Are 25 Empowerment Videos By Women For Women

In honor of International Women’s Day today and in celebration of women, including the many moms out there, here are 25 empowerment songs with music videos we are sharing in hopes they uplift the spirits of our readers, most of whom are women worldwide and who all rock!

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International Women’s Day: 25 Empowering Music Videos by women for women

In honor of International Women’s Day today and in celebration of women, including the many moms out there, here are 25 empowerment songs with music videos we are sharing in hopes they uplift the spirits of our readers, most of whom are women worldwide and who all rock!
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International Women's Day: 15 Quotes from Women Worldwide Historically

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
is Today, Sunday, March 8

In honor of this day celebrating and honoring women, worldwide, we are re posting our feature from last year which is a compilation of  15 inspirational quotes from women along history and across the globe:

1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
– Eleanor Roosevelt, former US First Lady

2. There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. 
 Indira Ghandi, Former Prime Minister of India


3. Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won’t get run over – Miriam Makeba, South African musician and singer

4.  It doesn’t matter who you are, (or) where you came from, the ability to triumph begins with you. ALWAYS. – Oprah Winfrey, American Media Conglomerate head, Philanthropist

5.  You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable. – Cathy FreemanAboriginal Australian Olympian 

6.  Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.    – Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed, First Caribbean American and First Black woman elected to the US Congress

7.  There is an old and very wise Native American saying: Every time you point a finger in scorn—there are three remaining fingers pointing right back at you. ― Alyson Noel, Native American author 

8.  If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing– Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom

9.  Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Theresa, humanitarian, Indian

10.   I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. – Lillian Hellman, American author and playwright

11. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  Africa’s First Woman President (Liberia)

12. A woman obsessed with her body is also obsessed with the limitations of her emotional life.  – Kim Chernin, The Obsession, American author

13. The grim possibility is that she who “hides her brains” will, more than likely, end up with a mate who is only equal to a woman with “hidden brains” or none at all.  – Lorraine Hansberry, “In Defense of the Equality of Men” in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Playwright and Author

14. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. ― Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter

15.  I am not afraid… I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc, Revolutionary and Martyr from France

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International Women’s Day: The Truth About Worldwide Inequity & Bias for Women

Yesterday, we shared an infographic that attempted to debunk statistics that say there is gender inequality in pay in the United States. Today, on International Women’s Day, we report statistics from a new World Bank which points out significant inequality and inequity that remain in ever sector of life for women world wide.
We spotted some of these numbers noting out that “even in countries where women have advanced, gender economic inequality remains a serious problem,” summarized in a recent report in The Nation .
For example, as The Nation summarized:
  • Women continue to trail behind men by every economic measure.
  • Their labor force participation of women worldwide has stagnated over the past two decades, declining slightly from 57 percent to 55 percent today. Female labor force participation has sunk as low as 25 percent in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • According to an ILO analysis of eighty-three countries, on average, women earn between 10 and 30 percent less than comparable men. There is no country in the earth where women have reached wage parity.
  • Sexist bias and social norms continue to impose an enormous penalty on women’s economic well-being. Women worldwide spend at least twice as much time as men do on unpaid housework and care work. According to the report’s authors, close to 40 percent of people worldwide “agree that, when jobs are scarce, men should have more right to jobs than women.”
  • Women’s lack of access to credit, land, and education remains serious obstacles. Though girls’ access to education is improving in many areas of the world, in sixteen countries in 2010–12, female-to-male enrollment ratios in primary education were less than 90 percent, and millions of children in those countries were not enrolled at all.
  • Various forms of sex-based economic discrimination are perfectly in the vast majority of countries in the world. 128 of 143 countries had some sort of sex-based legal differentiation in 2013. In some countries, women still need their husbands’ consent to work.

This month, Essence magazine has an article “Money & Power: Earn What You’re Worth”,  about pay inequality that challenges claims that pay inequity is an outcome of statistical manipulation. It quotes DC lawyer Debbie Hines who shared that after a male colleague with nearly identical credentials got offered a job he couldn’t take, she interviewed for it at his suggestion, got the job but was offered $30,000 less. 
“I can’t see this huge disparity being caused by anything other than discrimination against me for being a woman and an African-American, because it wasn’t my resume,” said Hines who authors the blog LegalSpeaks.com and who ultimately took the job at the now-defunct law firm. She said that accepting the lower salary made it tough for her to negotiate her next position having to start at a lower salary. “It follows you,” she stated.
It is an anecdotal reminder that pay inequity is real as is unconscious bias. 
This International Women’s History Month, we, women, all should acknowledge our greatness and power, but also make sure we spread awareness to others about how far yet we have to go and if, possible, do something to move the world towards greater parity. 
Do it for our sisters. Do it for Sisterhood!
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International Women’s Day: 7 Pregnancy Magazines from around the World

In honor of today’s International Women’s Day, we are re-sharing our post of international pregnancy magazines

In 2009, after I noticed a dearth of diverse models that covered Pregnancy and Fit Pregnancy magazine, I wrote a critical post asking them both to do a better job at ensuring their covers reflect the racial diversity of their audience and readership.

Although I am not certain if much as changed since then, I have since then took note of the fact that internationally, many nations, especially those that have an active movie and film industry like Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and Korea, have pregnancy magazines. Others have affiliate or franchise relationships with American magazines that publish in their countries. And of course, their covers would naturally feature those who make up their population. 
Here is a snapshot of pregnancy magazines that are thriving and doing well in sales internationally:

NIGERIA

Dancer and TV personality Kafayat Oluwatosin Shafau graces the cover of  Pregnancy and You magazine in 2011.

KOREA
In 2006, celebrity mother Byun Jung-soo posed bare bellied inside  변정수 magazine.

BRAZIL
Although not a pregnancy magazine, Brazilian mag Hola! features pregnant celebrities like singer/actress Thalia, often.
CHINA 
Former world diving champion Tian Liang and his singer wife Ye Yiqian were featured on an online e-magazine.

PHILIPPINES
Actress Kristine Hermoso was featured inside Working Mom magazine with with husband Oyo Sotto.
Phillipines’ Smart Parenting does a Smart Pregnancy feature once in a while too.

SOUTH AFRICA
The thriving economy and movie industry in South Africa allows for its to do well. 

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International Women’s Day: 15 Inspirational Quotes from Women All over the World!

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

In honor of this day celebrating and honoring women, worldwide, I’ve assembled 15 of some of my favorite inspirational quotes from women along history and across the globe:

1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt, former US First Lady



2. There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. 
Indira Ghandi, Former Prime Minister of India




3. Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least, get out of the way so you won’t get run over – Miriam Makeba, South African musician and singer



4.  It doesn’t matter who you are, (or) where you came from.The ability to triumph begins with you. ALWAYS. – Oprah Winfrey, American Media Conglomerate head, Philanthropist



5.  You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable. – Cathy Freeman, Aboriginal Australian Olympian 



6.  Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.    – Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed, First Caribbean American and First Black woman elected to the US Congress



7.  There is an old and very wise Native American saying: Every time you point a finger in scorn—there are three remaining fingers pointing right back at you. ― Alyson Noel, Native American author 



8.  If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing– Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom



9.  Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Theresa, humanitarian, Indian



10.   I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. – Lillian Hellman, American author and playwright

11. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  Africa’s First Woman President (Liberia)



12. A woman obsessed with her body is also obsessed with the limitations of her emotional life.  – Kim Chernin, The Obsession, American author



13. The grim possibility is that she who “hides her brains” will, more than likely, end up with a mate who is only equal to a woman with “hidden brains” or none at all.  – Lorraine Hansberry, “In Defense of the Equality of Men” in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Playwright and Author



14. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. ― Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter



15.  I am not afraid… I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc, Revolutionary and Martyr from France

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International Women’s Day: 10 things to expect if women ruled the world

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day! Bellyitch celebrates Mothers and celebrates Women!
You know there’s that funny anonymous quote that “If women ruled the world, there would be no wars. Just a bunch of jealous countries not talking to each other.” But really, things would likely be different, for the better, perhaps, if there were more women world leaders.  
If women ruled the world..
  1. There would likely be less war, not “no war” because women do and can recognize that sometimes when diplomacy breaks down and another nation is flexing its muscle and threatening theirs, they will do what is needed to fight back and protect their citizens. Mama Grizzly Bear 101.
  2. Children would be cared for and made a priority because women, naturally, are nurturers and  generally will see after the children.
  3. There would be less corruption and scandal as women leaders are less likely to be balancing several extramarital affairs to keep quiet and distract them from the task at hand, being excellent leaders.
  4. Diplomacy would be given a chance as some women shun conflict and would want to work things out to the fullest extent possible before resorting to other extreme means.
  5. Education would be a first priority for funding.
  6. Women would empower other women and other traditionally underrepresented groups and find talent that could come up with unique and innovative solutions to national and global dilemmas. 
  7. Nations would start creating again because women would recognize the value of business and keeping idle hands building.
  8. There may be more tolerance for different cultures and nations would approach diplomacy in a more empathetic way. 
  9. Eradicating hunger would be a top priority, because in order to work out our problems, everyone’s got to eat and not be hungry.
  10.  There would be more equality and equity as women would be more willing to give all a fair shake and a chance to fail before writing them off.
These are generalities of course, based on gender notions of female qualities. Don’t get upset fellers. 

What else? Add yours. What else could we expect if there were more female leaders?

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