Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. (Which really should be every day.) Working in the fashion industry, which is dominated by women in power positions, it’s easy to forget how unbalanced the world really is.
This powerful video with Dame Judy Dench and Craig Daniel was released today to remind us of how the sexes are still not equal four generations later.
A well-timed documentary, CBC’s The F Word aired last week and documents feminism and what it means today. While it may be an imperfect one hour documentary, it does make some great points and tells part of the story of the rise of feminism in Canada. Well-worth a watch.
According to the UN, women make up 53% of the world’s population, but they own only 1% of the world’s wealth. Women hold up half the sky, but in Canada they are only holding 11% of the seats on corporate boards and 21% of the seats in Parliament. In the workplace, women hold half the jobs, but are taking home 20% less pay than men. So what happened? Wasn’t Feminism supposed to fix this?
While we still may not be quite equal in Canada, there is an even bigger gap between the sexes in other cultures. Want to help other women around the world? These are two charities which I strongly think will make a difference to the lives of women and their communities: Because I Am A Girl and Girls & Women.
I’ll just let these songs say the rest of what I want to say (though you may have to pop on over to YouTube to watch a few – it’s worth it though, if you aren’t familar with the tracks):
Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox – Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves
Neneh Cherry – Woman
Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
Aretha Franklin – R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Tears For Fears – Woman in Chains
No Doubt – Just A Girl
John Lennon – Woman
Madonna – Express Yourself
Lisa Stansfield – All Woman
Alicia Keys – A Woman’s Worth
Sinead O’Connor – No Man’s Woman
Mary Poppins – Sister Suffragette