International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Welcome to March.  March Madness, the March wind, and March 2018 gives rise to a very rare astronomical event.  The second blue moon of the year.  If you remember back in January, we had a Supermoon, a Blood Moon, and a Blue moon all in the same month.

March brings us the second blue moon of 2018, a rather rare occurrence as you might imagine.  But, that is not the subject of today’s story. Today’s story is a bit more grounded, a bit more commonplace, but much more important in keeping with the times.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

March brings us International Women’s day.  Call me short-sighted, call me misinformed, but I thought every day was women’s day. Just like I thought every day was International Men's day.  Boy, was I confused. But, no, March 8 is officially designated as “International Women’s Day.” According to Wikipedia, it originated in India to protest the horrendous abuse women sustained in that country.

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” - Helen Keller

But it is now an International effort. This month and year, it has been especially prominent this month and year, do to the political climate. As with many things, social media has blown up. #PressForProgress and #IWD have been all over the internet.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” – Michelle Obama

The Graffiti Bridge fully supports equal rights, equal pay, and equal responsibility between women and men. To raise awareness, some of the proponents of women’s rights decorated the skin of The Graffiti Bridge with beautiful graffiti art.

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