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International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary

Posted by Billyjam, March 8, 2011 02:24pm | Post a Comment

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and this year is a landmark one since it is the 100th anniversary of this annual event! The day both celebrates the achievements of women and also addresses questions about inequality and discrimination that still exist and concern women around the world today. AboveInternational Women's Day is the captivating video starring James Bond actor Daniel Craig released in the past week for today's 100th anniversary of Women's Day by the UK based collective Equals. Joined together under the leadership of musician / activist Annie Lennox, Equals is a loose knit community of charities including Amnesty International, Oxfam, and CARE, who on their website's homepage today have published many interesting statistics about the inequalities women face, including that fact that rural women produce half the world's food, yet they own only one percent of the farmland.

With ads like the one above, which has been showing on UK TV this week, Equals, whose name is followed by a question mark with the tag "Join The Big Inequality Debate," addresses the still-existent imbalances and unfair gender treatment of women in 2011. For more information on this organization visit WeAreEquals.org. And in honor of International Women's Day, below is a sampling of some great empowering-women songs from the past several decades, including the aformentioned Annie Lennox classic "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" in which she collaborated with Aretha Franklin, whose "Respect" is also below along with songs/videos from such other artists as Pink, Queen Latifah, and Ani DiFranco.


Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin "Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves"


Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love "Ladies First"


Aretha Franklin "Respect"


Meredith Brooks "Bitch"


Sister Sledge "We Are Family"


Ani DiFranco "32 Flavors"


4 Non Blondes "What's Up"


Pink "So What" excerpt


Destiny's Child "Survivor"

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