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Happy International Women’s Day 2010!

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If it’s one thing the Soviets were good at, it was celebrating International Women’s Day, which is on March 8th every year.  Unlike Mother’s Day in Western Europe and America, March 8th is a celebration of all women regardless of whether they are mothers, and of their contribution to society.  Here’s a cool piece Mr. B and I heard today about the contribution of women to America’s space program in the 1960s.  And here’s a story about the first Russian woman in space. Here is one of my favorite Soviet posters for March 8.

Here are some previous posts I wrote on all things women:

Superbowl Commercials
What Can Men Expect of Women Now That We’re Not in the 1950s?
Is it feminism to pose naked with challah?
The first Nobel Prize in economics for a woman
On being Batman as a girl

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  1. You know, “Mother’s Day” started off as a political anti-war movement, right? Where mothers could step up and say, “hey, you! Government! Get your hands off my kid! And your damn uniform, too!”

    Arise, then, women of this day!
    Arise, all women who have hearts,
    Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

    We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
    Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
    Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
    All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
    We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
    To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs…

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  2. As my dad said today, the only two places they still celebrate the international women’s day are Russia and Burkina Faso

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