Pardon the lack of joyful tone today, but once in a while, this blog is also a place for me to talk about things that matter and not necessarily related to decor and design. I recently posted a quote on the blog’s Facebook
What’s your take on this? How do you define feminism? Why is the word “feminism” – and “feminist” – so largely misinterpreted?
Today is International Women’s Day. So much progress has been achieved for the cause of women, but there is so much that still needs to be done. In the 21st century United States of America, women are making 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. According to a research conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, if change continues at the same slow pace as it has done for the past fifty years, it will take 44 yearsor until 2058for women to finally reach pay parity.
And in other countries around the world, women and girls are subject of the worst possible crimes against humanity. My good friend Esther recommended me to watch “Half the Sky”, a 2-part PBS documentary about two journalists from The New York Times who decided to investigate and wrote a book [Half the Sky] about the conditions of women around the world. If you haven’t watched “Half the Sky”, I highly, strongly, urge you to. It’s available on Netflix streaming.
In the documentary, many women leaders are interviewed, but one statement by Hillary Clinton particularly struck me : “The role and rights of women, their freedom, quality and dignity, is the unfinished business of the 21st century.”
Fast Facts about Women’s conditions in today’s world*:
- One in five women will be victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
- In the United States, a woman is abused, usually by her husband or partner, every 15 seconds and is raped every 90 seconds.
- 102 countries have no specific legal provisions against domestic violence and in at least 53 countries, marital rape is not a prosecutable offense.
- The UN estimates that approximately 5000 women are murdered each year as a result of honor killings. This figure is at least 4 times higher in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.
- In many communities around the world, girls are still seen as less valuable than boys. As a result, 60 million girls are missing due to selective abortions of female fetuses, mistreatment and neglect of female children.
*Source : Half the Sky Movement
So next time someone tells you they don’t like the word and the notion of ‘feminism’ and they don’t understand why we need an International Women’s Day, tell them you know why. Xo, Si-