March 8 – International Women’s Day!

March 8 is International Women’s Day and it is celebrated around the world.  This day is intended to celebrate the various achievements made by women in the past, in the present, and to come.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in the early 1900s and it has continued and expanded over the years.  Now, events are held all over the world to celebrate this day and what it stands for.  So take some time to celebrate women today, the International Women’s Day site says it best: “So make a difference, think globally and act locally!! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

Points of Reference linked to a great resource, UNESCO’s World Atlas of Gender Equality in Education.  Take a look at it to not only see how far we’ve come, but to also get a feel for what we still have left to accomplish.  Points of Reference offers a great overview:

“[t]he atlas calls attention to persistent gender disparities and the need to focus on education for girls as a human right. It has over 120 maps, charts, and tables featuring sex-disaggregated indicators. It shows the educational pathways of girls and boys and the changes in gender disparities over time.n Despite the inequities, girls enrolled in primary school tend to outperform boys. Dropout rates are higher for boys,too. Female role models are important: countries with more women teaching primary education have higher proportions of girls enrolled in school. Take a look. It will provide useful information and inspire you to support educational opportunities for women.”

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