This one goes out to the ladies ...

A wish list for International Women's Day.


Rebecca Traister
March 10, 2009 12:07AM (UTC)

I had to point out this awesome post on Racialicious today, marking yesterday's International Women's Day. Racialicious special correspondent Jessica Yee writes that International Women's Day is "like Christmas time for me," in that she enjoys "the gathering of folks, the general merriness in the air, and the giving and receiving of presents (big or small!)."

And so she makes a list of things she'd like for her annual holiday. They include, "Justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women worldwide," "Affordable access to birth control, particularly since it's risen some 900% for low income women in the last two years," "For pleasure to be an equal and important part of sex education," "That the grandmothers who are still raising entire families all on their own be given their due," "For the anti-choicers to stop their attacks in South Dakota and leave the state with the least amount of abortions alone," "That International Women of Colour Day on March 1st gets more recognized," "That racist legislation such as the Hyde Amendment, which basically states that racialized and low income women do not get funding from Medicaid to have an abortion, is repealed," "For older women and younger women to share, mentor, and talk more to one and other," "That the men who are doing the damn thang working in solidarity with us to keep on keeping on. You are loved!"

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Anyway, this seemed a fair excuse to remind Broadsheet readers that Sunday was International Women's Day. Cheers!


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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