International Women's DayDate: 8/5/2011
Happy 100th International Women's Day! Grab a woman and hug her and thank her for being who she is and what she brings to Life. And for anyone who might be scratching their head thinking, â€œWhy do we celebrate women and not men?â€, because I love cheering for the underdog, and we, as women, are still the underdogs in equality. A few facts: Women perform two-thirds of the world's work and produce half the world's food, but earn just 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. Women constitute two-thirds of the world's ~800 million illiterate adults (aged 15 and over). Educate a girl in Africa and she'll earn 25% more income, be 3 times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS and have a smaller, healthier family. Only 28 countries have achieved the 30% target set in the early 1990s for women in decision-making positions. Worldwide, women are paid 17% less, and have less employment security than men. Visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp to see what events and celebrations are going on near you. Let's celebrate ourselves and each other today!