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8th March, International Working Women’s Day

Posted by on 9 marzo, 2012

Why do we celebrate working women’s day? And why not working men’s day? This has been the question of the day. Many of us know women who work both at home and outside home, or women who choose where they want to work. But this has not always been like that. In the past, women usually worked in the private sphere (home) while the public sphere (university, business, science, literature, music and even theatre!) was mainly reserved to men. There was not much choice for women then.

Someone in class suggested, “Then, women should disguise as men to be accepted in the public sphere”. Indeed, when Shakespeare wrote his plays, women actresses were not accepted, and actors would play the female roles!! It was not surprising that some women decided to sign their works with a male’s name, or to disguise as men for their work to be recognized.

Also, another well-informed student added that many women protested because they worked under poorer conditions than men, and one day, they were burnt inside a factory in New York.

Many women have been working, sometimes hidden behind nicknames, or risking their lives for the sake of equal rights. Thanks to these brave women in history, today’s women do not have to disguise as men any more, at least not in our western society.

However, many of us know, there are other countries where women do not enjoy the same rights as men.This is why we celebrate today, because women’s rights need to be equal to men’s rights all around the world.

Did you know that many simple machines we use today were invented by women? Have a look at Celebrating Working Women’s Day we watched in class and reflect: Can you imagine why women invented these machines and not others? What are these machines connected to? Why do you think it was not a woman who invented the telephone, or electricity?

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