by Meghan Turner
Back in January, women across the United States and the world were encouraged to march for their rights. Unfortunately, accurate records were not kept of the numbers of women that participated in this event. Women marched for things such as: reproductive rights, wage equality, misogyny and more.
March 8th marked an International Women’s Day, which was originally designated by the United Nations in 1975. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day was “A Day Without A Woman”; women everywhere were encouraged not to spend money in order to show how much of an impact women make to our national economy.
Women were also encouraged to wear red to signify love and sacrifice. The point of this was to show how significant women are to the world and how they are not treated equally and fairly. Women are extremely devoted to their jobs and families but still do not receive fair compensation or respect for what they do on a daily basis.
Stores and establishments went so far as to give their female employees the day off on March 8th to show their support. Schools and universities across the United States cancelled classes in lieu of their female participating in International Women’s day. Many women, especially within the Philadelphia School District, did not come to work this past Wednesday to show their support of International Women’s Day, as well as not having a contract.
The numbers in the article still show that women are earning far less than men. In my search, I could not find any legislation that justifies why there are such disparities in pay, nor have I found any recent legislation on equal pay. When and how will this problem be resolved?
Even though women’s rights have changed significantly throughout the years there are still many unsolved problems. International Women’s Day is a good way to draw significance and importance to these still unsolved issues such as reproductive rights, wage equality, misogyny, etc. I think the theme of having women not spend any money on this day was a good way to get people’s attention because it really shows the impact women alone have on the economy. I’m not sure if I necessarily agree with giving women off on this day, however, I do find it to be a supportive gesture towards making a change. There is no reason why women shouldn’t be making just as much money as men in certain situations and this issue does need to be solved. All in all, I think creating a day solely to appreciate women is a good way to grab the worlds attention and show them the changes that need to be made.
I completely agree with you. Women have not gotten equal pay since women started in the work force. Women will never have equal pay. The reason is simple. We don’t want you to. I’m not trying to be a jerk. We just fear the power you will gain. After God, women are creators. If you gain more money or “equal pay” lets face it you will not need man any more. We as a male sex need some form of power and the only way we feel we can obtain it is by showing that we can provide for our family. If women make the same or greater amount annually are role in the household be will invalid. There won’t be a need for us.
When women stand up to be heard it is a great day for everyone, men, women and children because we are the backbone of society. Women make it happen. We bring life into this world and nurture it from the cradle to the grave. Although we could not attend the march in DC, friends and I got together to celebrate us. This was an empowering experience. However, we need to get moving. There is war against women in this country and around the world. It is outrageous that we are still fighting for equal pay, our reproductive rights and just plain old fairness. Marching is great but we need to make sure we put people in office who have our best interest at the heart of their decision-making. And when they don’t they need to know the true power of women. By the way, according to WIKIPEDIA women outnumber men in most parts of world including the United States.