Happy International Women's Day. For those of us women who are fortunate enough to live in a society where our voices are heard, even if not always appreciated, today is a good day to speak out on behalf of those who are not so lucky. In some parts of the world, women are still treated as a commodity, useful for some purposes but also infinitely replaceable. However, I am glad to note that the number of such places continues to decrease.
We may have a long way to go before people stop casually referring to us as sluts and whores (and I hear this from fellow women too, so I'm not trying to paint men in a negative light), but at least we have a voice here and in much of the world. As long as we have a voice, things will continue to become more equal. At least I hope that is the case.
In honor of this day, and in the hope this day will no longer be needed in the near future, I encourage those of you who are interested to read about the history of the holiday and to consider how we can continue to improve things for women around the world.