La Festa delle Donne – International Women’s Day March 8

Tomorrow is a celebration of women. Many will be staying out of work to protest what is going on in our politics however most women can’t take the day off from their jobs and certainly from their children and family responsibilities. I think women should be celebrated everyday for all the paid and unpaid work we do. While we are certainly farther along than in the past, we are not yet at a place of true equality – not by a long shot and that’s why it is still important to discuss where we stand today.

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I have always had an aversion to this day because I think women should be celebrated everyday but I know there is a larger meaning to it and that it commemorates a specific event and that women all over the world suffer great injustices and a lack of civil rights, in the most basic rights. I read a horrible story yesterday about a woman in India who was burned alive by her family because she left her husband and married someone else. Horrific things happen to women all over the world everyday, just because they are women. I’m happy to live in a country where I do have rights and I can exercise them. Today I want to mention a dear
friend Kristen Engvig  who started a whole movement about women and what they bring to the workplace, W.I.N. I lived with Kristin in Milan when she created this organization…

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