Ladies – It’s time to do something good for yourself and your sisters! I mean, aside from the general love, respect and acknowledgement that we always remember to give each other (right, right?).
March 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project.
On March 6th, a One Million Women March was held in London.
And March 8th was International Women’s Day!
In celebration, I picked up two books that I have had on my list for quite a while: Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Half the Sky, by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. Here are some excerpts from write-ups on bn.com:
Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries largely ruled by despots. In her early twenties, she escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim immigrant women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Even though she is under constant threat — demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from her family and clan — she refuses to be silenced.
Half The Sky:
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake a journey through Africa and Asia to meet an extraordinary array of women struggling under profoundly dire circumstances—and an equally extraordinary group that have triumphed. Through their stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to progress in our world lies in unleashing women’s potential—and they make clear how each of us can help make that happen.
I keep hearing very good things about these books, and they are both still flying off the bookshelves (even Half the Sky, which is still only available in hardcover). I’ll let you know how they go.
Oh, and I almost forgot – I’m going to Skepchicon (part of the larger CONvergence) this July in Bloomington, MN! Skepchick is a (from the website) “a group of women (and one deserving guy) who write about science, skepticism, and pseudoscience.” Yeah, women and science!
Have you heard of any other Womens’/Feminist events coming up soon?