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What's Your Issue For A Better World?
Women's Rights

Even though they make up half the population, women and girls have endured discrimination in most societies for thousands of years. In the past, women were treated as property of their husbands or fathers - they couldn't own land, they couldn't vote or go to school, and were subject to beatings and abuse and could do nothing about it. Over the last hundred years, much progress has been made to gain equal rights for women around the world, but many still live without the rights to which all people are entitled.

The United Nations Charter was a major milestone for women's rights because it was the first international agreement to affirm the equality between men and women. Since then, the UN has been an important advocate for the rights of women. The UN adopted an international bill of rights for women in 1979 and sponsored four global women's conferences. The Millennium Development Goals, which all nations agreed to at the UN in 2000, sets tangible goals for nations to achieve by 2015, several of which deal directly with empowering women.

International Women's Day on March 8 and Women's Equality Day, on August 26 (commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote), are important annual rallying points to help eliminate discrimination and build support for the rights of women everywhere.

International Women's Day - March 8

Women's Equality Day - August 26

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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about women's rights struggles around the world

2. Support organizations working to promote women's rights and equality

3. Hold an event to raise awareness about the issue of equal rights for all


UN's Women Watch site
Changing The Present : Women
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Global Fund for Women
Women's Human Rights Resources
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

March 8 - International Women's Day
International Women's Day
Cyberschoolbus International Women's Day page
UN's Dag Hammarskjold Library Links
UNESCO: International Women's Day

August 26 - Women's Equality Day
National Women's History Project


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Women's Rights

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Issue: Women

Bella Abzug

Abigail Adams

Mahnaz Afkhami

Maya Angelou

Susan B. Anthony

Joan Baez

Cynthia Basinet

Amelia Bloomer

Susan Brownmiller

Charlotte Bunch

Carrie Chapman Catt

Shirley Chisholm

Ani DiFranco

Abigail Duniway

Barbara Ehrenreich

Riane Eisler

Jane Fonda

Betty Friedan

Margaret Fuller

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Olympia de Gouges

Teri Hatcher

Julia Ward Howe

Devaki Jain

Kumari Jayawardena

Marilee Karl

Liya Kebede

Lawangina Khan

Nicole Kidman

Belva Ann Lockwood

Wilma Mankiller

Margaret Mead

Lucretia Mott

Holly Near

Emmeline Pankhurst

Alice Paul

Qingrong Ma

Jane Roberts

Arundhati Roy

Meg Ryan

Susan Sarandon

Barbara Simmons

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Gloria Steinem

Lucy Stone

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Barbra Streisand

Sojourner Truth

Ted Turner

Rafaela vos Obeso

Lillian Wald

Mary Wollstonecraft

Victoria Woodhull

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