March is International Women’s Month and today is International Women’s Day.
international women’s conference took
place in 1910, in Denmark. Since then, International Women's Day has spread around around the world.
- Women make up over 40 per cent of the world's labour force.
- Primary educationr gaps gaps have closed in almost all countries. Secondary education gaps are closing rapidly and have reversed in many countries (i.e. more girls are attending high school than boys).
- Since 1980, women have been living longer than men.
- In many low and middle-income countries, females are more likely to die, relative to males than their counterparts in in rich countries.
- Women are more likely than men to do housework and child care work at home.
- For women in many low and middle-income countries, sizable gender gaps remain including in productivity and salaries.
- In many countries, women, especially poor women, have less say over decisions and less control over household resources. Source: World Bank
- For example, Ruwanda with 56.3 % of women in parliament, has the highest percentage of women legislators in the world. Canada only stands at 44th in he world, with 24.8 % female members of parliament.
- Women still make 15 % less than men in developed countries, with Sweden earning about 80% of men's salaries. In Canada, women on average make 65% of what men make. Still, compared to Saudi Arabia, where women make about 17% of what men make, developed countries are still far ahead of underdeveloped countries.
- Finally, women in Japan are the ones who live the longest at an average of 87%. Canadians women have an average life expectancy of 83 years.
- Listen to a Podcast on International Women's Day from ESL Library
- Read about Women's Rights from Past to Present
- Find out how much you know abut women's rights by taking a Women's Rights QuizWatch a video celebrating working women
- Watch a a series of interesting videos from International Women's Day 2011
- Watch an International Women's Day Slide Show
- Read about famous Women in History
- Read about 16 of the most Rebellious Women from TIME
- Read about the ffight for the right to vote in the U.S.
- Hear what women have to say in an International Women's Day Voices Interactive in the Guardian