Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Happy International Women's Day

My students in Tashkent were surprised to hear that America didn't celebrate International Women's day on March 8th, a holiday established by Vladimir Lenin.

To celebrate, you might find Raymond Lloyd's websiteShequality | Political Parity among Women and Men worth a look. It's 25 years old this year. Among Lloyd's postings are:

*2500 major anniversaries of the democracies to 2016
*1000 anniversaries of women's empowerment to 2010
*5500 centenaries of distinguished women of history to 2055
*2500 birthdays of distinguished living women from 130 countries
*1300 current heads of state and other women leaders in 220 countries
*600 past heads of state and other women leaders
*5000 able women proposed as heads of international bodies
*500 flowers and wines named after distinguished women 
*500 coins and banknotes portraying women, and
*1400 press questions on democracy and women's advancement