International Women's Day
What… International Women’s Day is over! Where was I?
International Women’s Day has been and gone. Again. Where were you on Sunday, 8th of March? Did you have an opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of kick-ass women past, present and future?
In case you missed it we want to share our International Women’s Day highlights (and some lowlights) with you…
1. The night women took over Q&A
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Q&A hosted an episode of ‘Bad Feminist, Contradictions & Careers’ with its very first all-female panel.
So what happens when women take over Q&A?
Well Annabel Crabb get’s a chance to ask Julie Bishop if she would ever go topless in public to make a political statement and Germaine Greer has her opportunity to ask, completely filter-free of course, whether Julie Bishop would go topless in public if it meant she could save the lives of two Australians from the death sentence.
When addressing the issue of combating sexual propositioning in the workplace, Roxane Gay has her chance to give the suggestion she really wants to give which, simply put, she says is to “Bite it off.”
And Yasmin Abdel-Magied feels compelled to apologise after seemingly calling Germaine Greer an old hag “if we look at the historical context, women have only really been in the workforce for 100 years, maybe. Germaine?"
Fun times on Q&A…
2. Julie Bishop is inducted as a columnist for Mamamia
Julie Bishop writes her first column for Mamamia reflecting on the importance of International Women’s Day. Julie writes “ We must use the celebration of International Women’s Day to highlight the plight of women still fighting for freedom and equality, for when that is achieved it will be for the betterment of us all. We must never resile from challenging any attitude that regards a female life as less valuable than a male life. While in Australia we have much to celebrate in our gains for gender equality there is still much to be done – at home, in our region and globally – to empower women and girls.”
Even though this article was off the back of Julie, yet again, publicly rejecting being “pigeonholed” and “stereotyped” as a feminist on Q&A saying “the more people demand I describe myself as a feminist, the more I say let me describe (myself) how I wish.”
3. The Liberal’s interesting venue choice…
The Liberal National Party hosted an International Women’s Day luncheon in Brisbane at a venue that only allows men to join as members. Yep, for women to enjoy the facilities they must be invited as guests of one of the male members. And of course Tony Abbott supported such a venue option.
4. We fell in love with Emma Watson. Again!
In honour of International Women’s Day Emma Watson took part in a live Q&Aabout gender equality at the London Facebook headquarters. Emma answered questions about gender equality to promote the HeForShe Campaign and discussed the campaign’s goals to encourage men to support feminism. Paraphrasing what a young girl had told her about wanting to be able to play with boys, Emma describes it perfectly when she said, as women and girls “we just want to be included.”
5. Spotify revealed “the most popular female artists on the planet”
In celebration of International Women's Day, Spotify dug through the music streaming service's data to break down "the most popular female artists on the planet." Spotify revealed Beyoncé was the most popular singer among female listeners, while Rihanna was the favourite female artists among all Spotify users. Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift also ranked high on Spotify's lists.
6. A global partnership behind the driving force for women’s equality
Only 2 days after International Women’s Day, Uber and UN Women partnered together to launch a project in support of equality and women’s empowerment around the world. Together, they plan to invest in programs in local communities that will help Uber reach its goal of creating 1,000,0000 jobs for women globally on the Uber platform by 2020. Uber is aware that, in an effort to accomplish their goal, women must have direct access to safe and equitable opportunities and they plan to be the driving force behind these efforts.
7. A Google doodle celebration
And of course Google honoured International Women’s Day with a Google Doodle of women in various professions to celebrate the many ways women scientists, engineers, athletes, doctors, artists, explorers and more are changing the world.
8. And of course one of our highs from International Women's Day this year was the video we made for YOU to celebrate the day. Check it out below!
And that’s a wrap. See you again on the 8th of March 2016.