Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. That’s the theme set by the United Nations today for International Women’s Day; the history goes back to 1908, however, when 15,000 women marched in support of the garment workers, demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote. Whether you stay home from work, don’t shop (gosh, you could shop at women-owned business, couldn’t you?), or attend an event, the important part of recognizing this day, is revisiting and remembering the historical struggles of women since the early protests of the 20th century…and teaching our children this history. One film I used to show my 8th grade students when doing a unit on Women’s History was Iron Jawed Angels, which always was jaw-dropping news to them. One early exhortation to keep history alive comes from Deuteronomy 4:9
- 9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son’s sons …. “
Aside from the gender-biased language, the sentiment is one we should take to heart, lest we forget, lest we lose what we have gained.