I know it wasn’t intentional, but there’s something bitterly poetic about the fact that International Women’s Day happens to fall on Spring daylight savings time, the one day of the year that USians and Canadians have decided to arbitrarily subtract an hour from.
In honor of the occasion, here’s a bit of consciousness raising:
- The Women Under Siege project aims to document worldwide gender discrimination, especially during wartime. Their blog points out 2 million women were raped during the last year of WWII, highlights stories about worldwide sexual violence that go ignored by the media, and has been keeping an eye on the current Ukraine conflict. Consider chipping in a bit to help.
- Women in science are rarely talked about, even when they do pioneering work. The latest effort to raise their profile is “Trowelblazers,” which documents female geologists, archeologists, and paleontologists. Worth a skim, if only because of the photos.
- I don’t think I’ve plugged Secular Woman this week. Tsk. They’re a new secular organization aiming to give godless women a greater voice in the atheist/secular movement. They’ve been running a pro-choice campaign for about a year now, their first conference is coming up this year, and they have their own blogging network (M.A. Melby’s a contributor there, too). Want them to do more? Send cash money!
- Canada is nowhere near post-racist, and it’s killing indigenous women: “On Friday another damning report was released that concluded Canada committed “grave violations” of the human rights of indigenous women and girls across the country. The report also recommended a national inquiry.”