We certainly have come a long way in the past 100 years. From the right to vote, to reproductive freedom, and now the newest battle we are seeing all over the country… the battle on birthing rights. While we continue to strive towards this, we can only hope that in the next years there will be more attention on the lack of rights birthing women have, and the violations of the rights they do already have.
This year the theme for International Women’s Day is equal access to education, training and science and technology : Pathways to decent work for women. Something we need today more than ever. Along with this training, and opportunities, we need to start following suit with the rest of the world in the United States with improved options for maternity leave. The unpaid 6 weeks most women get today is simply sub-par, and not meeting the need for our women. Many of which go back to work too soon resulting sometimes in injury to themselves, or unsuccessful breastfeeding relationships over the pressure of income loss.
Today, hug your mother, sister, and all those strong women in your life that you admire, and take a moment to brag about the accomplishments you have made.
photo: international women’s day 2011 website