<\body> Stories in America: Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

Women celebrate during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania March 8, 2006. (REUTERS/Emmanuel Kwitema)


South Korean women workers shout slogans during an anti-government rally marking International Women's Day and demanding greater labor rights for non-regular workers and better working condition in Seoul, Wednesday, March 8, 2006. The Korean read 'Union Fighting. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


Bangladeshi women take part in a protest demading equal rights in Dhaka. Tens of thousands of women across the globe rallied to the fight against sexual violence and inequality on International Women's Day, amid calls to play a greater role on the political stage. (AFP/Shafiq Alam)


Women of the Landless Rural Workers' Movement shout slogans during a protest at the Toca de la Raposa ranch, some 37 miles from Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, March 8, 2006. In honor of International Women's Day, some 500 workers occupied the ranch to demand an agrarian reform and property for all women. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)


Women protest banging pots and pans demanding the right to collect retirement funds for being homemakers in front of the Presidential Palace in honor of International Women's Day in Brasilia, Brazil, on Wednesday, March 8, 2003. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)


Congolese women parade for International Womens Day inside Kinshasa Stadium. Tens of thousands of women across the globe rallied to the fight against sexual violence and inequality on International Women's Day, amid calls to play a greater role on the political stage. (AFP/Lionel Healing)


A Nicaraguan woman shouts slogans outside the U.S Embassy during a protest to mark International Women's Day in Managua, March 8, 2006. The protesters demanded the U.S. withdraw from Iraq. (REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas)


Pakistani female students hold banners at a rally in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Mar 8, 2006. Thousands of women demonstrated in nation-wide rallies on International Women's Day, demanding freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws in this Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Pakistani woman raises hand of a rape victim Mukhtar Mai, center, who attended a rally for women's right in Multan, Pakistan, Wednesday, Mar 8, 2006. Thousands of women demonstrated in nation-wide rallies on International Women's Day, demanding freedom, equal rights and an end to discriminatory laws in this Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)


Iraqi woman painter Jinan Hassanain walks past her painting during an exhibition of Iraqi women artists, to mark International Women's Day, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Daily killings, bombings and escalating violence confine most Iraqi women to their homes and a tormented lifestyle. (AP Photo/Samir Mizban)


Iraqi anti-war activist Faiza Al-Araji holds a rose as she attends a peace march during International Women's Day in Washington, March 8, 2006. The protesters collected over 100,000 signatures calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops and fighters from Iraq. (REUTERS/Jim Young)


Palestinian and Israeli women participate in a demonstation in recognition of the international women's day at the West Bank village of A-Ram, in the outskirts of Jerusalem Wednsday, March, 8. 2006. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


An Iraqi woman looks at a painting drawn by Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mohammed al-Shemari during an exhibtion of her work in Baghdad. Tens of thousands of women across the globe rallied to the fight against sexual violence and inequality on International Women's Day, amid calls to play a greater role on the political stage. (AFP/Karim Sahib)


People protest during a march in honor of International Women's day in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, March 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

10 Comments:

At 3/09/2006 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These amazing photos give me hope. We American women can learn a lot from our sisters around the globe.

 
At 3/09/2006 9:01 AM, Blogger babblingfreak said...

my inital reaction after the "inspiring" thought i had looking at these was

why do we have to be fighting against something to get attention? doesn't that strike anyone as sad?

now, how we gonna fight the recent on slaught of attacks on women's rights-
south dakota, etc

????

 
At 3/09/2006 9:44 AM, Anonymous Stop Santorum! said...

that's the way it's been since the beginning of time...fighting wars and fighting for basic rights. Brutal reality, I know. Unfortunately, the fight is going to be hard and long.

 
At 3/10/2006 12:28 PM, Anonymous Tom Pendergast said...

Wanna know something even sadder (not to bring anyone down further but ... ) I was at a protest in Berkeley against the policies of Iran regarding women (and the Bush Admin thrown in as well). There were maybe all of a couple dozen people that showed up. Certainly not more than fifty. Around town there weren't a lot of events related to International Women's Day. Nothing like what was shown in these pics from around the world. A woman even asked me what the protest was about. She and her friend didn't even know it was International Women's Day. Nor did several women I asked later just out of curiosity. In the Bay Area, that's really sad.

 
At 3/10/2006 12:52 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Why? Unfortunately, I think many Bay Area people are apathetic, tired and just plain fed up. Many are also uninformed...even though they have a reputation for being the most politically engaged people in the country.

 
At 3/13/2006 2:49 PM, Blogger BernieMac said...

I weep with joy and am moved closer to a future of Love and Truth.

 
At 3/13/2006 4:26 PM, Anonymous Jane Waters, Ocean Shores, WA said...

a few weeks ago I had a conversation with a 25-year old woman in an affluent Bay Area community who had no idea of just how far women had come in America. think back 30 years ago to no credit, no checking accounts, no credit cards (unless it had your husband's name on it). No retirement accounts, almost impossible to find an apartment, buy a house...

this child's mother had never educated her to what "was" and just how far we have come. Obviously her mother is one of those who never got involved; the fight just was not that important to her. For those of us who were involved then, we must remember that there's a world out there that needs us - needs our support, needs our community, needs to have us stand by their sides in their marches to equality.

 
At 3/15/2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Kim-Shree said...

I see these pictures and am filled with (both) joy and sadness. Joy to know that a woman somewhere in the world is thinking about how to improve life for herself, hel mother and her daughter just like I'm thinking.

And the sadness to know that not many women here understand the meaning of this day and don't know that they should celebrate. That means I didn't do my own work, my woman's work, my passing on of herstory because I'm responsible to teach my circle, wh should teach their circle and so we all are.

All of us (men or women) have mothers, grandmothers, aunts, great-aunts, daughters and sisters who know what the struggle is "first-hand"...they have an experience and that should be passed on, so that we can champion our triumphs and get to work on the rest!!

And I mean to be preachy about it!

 
At 3/15/2006 10:57 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

We need more preachers, Kim-Shree...

Because these photos sparked so many emotions and thoughts, I've decided to compile photos of women celebrating, struggling and working for change around the world on a regular basis.

The latest post is at:
http://storiesinamerica.blogspot.com/2006/03/women-around-globe.html

Unfortunately, these photos are rarely published in newspapers or make their way on to TV screens.

 
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