Today is International Women’s Day.
It was first established in the early 1900s, and since then has been a day designated for the fight for equality of the sexes.
From the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote to the Lilly Ledbetter Act backing equal pay, legislation in the United States has been slowing progressing in its protection of women’s rights.
But we still have a long way to go. Abortion rights are constantly threatened in Congress, the majority of sexual assault and domestic violence cases go unreported, gendered media representation is often reductive, and women face a lot of inequality in the workplace.
One of the most important projects I’ve been involved in during my time in the blogosphere is Feminist Friday. It’s a collaborative project organized by Gene’O where bloggers write on a variety of projects related to equality for women.
And now those Feminist Friday posts have been edited by Natacha Guyot and compiled into an e-book anthology featuring 20 essays by 8 authors.
It covers a range of topics: education, social media and marketing, rape culture, the label of “feminism,” and representation in media.
I’m a bit biased, but I think the collection is amazing, and I’ve learned so much about issues surrounding gender bias from the other Feminist Friday bloggers. And now you can read about how far we’ve come and how far we have to go–it’s what International Women’s Day is all about!