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What’s the Purpose of International Women’s Day?

By Lori Perkins

This is one of those made-up days that I’ve never really paid much attention to, since women make up more than 50% of the world’s population. I’ve always seen it as just another way for corporations to pander to a market and send out meaningless congratulations that don’t reflect their internal policies.

As a woman, I don’t need a day to be told I’m awesome. What we all need is to be shown that every day, and to be respected.

So I was kind of impressed to see that the Twitterverse has taken this made-up “holiday” as the opportunity to really focus on gender pay inequality. For every company that posts one of those bland “Happy International Women’s Day” messages, the GenderPayGapBot account is quote tweeting their posts with data about the pay disparity between men and women at each organization. Individual woman are posting threads about their employment history, especially within in media, and it’s not pretty.

The thread is definitely worth a look.


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