International Women’s Day 2013: Quotes, Stories, Events Across the Web

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 10:36 AM

By Megan Anderle

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Every March 8 since the early 1900's, thousands of events across the world celebrate International Women's Day, a day that marks achievements by women and aims to inspire them.

There have been many changed in the past century that establish an attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality. A number of events across the world marks the shift, ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events.

Additionally, in the U.S., the entire month of March is Women's History Month.

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  • CNN is marking IWD with a "Whose words inspire you?" interactive post with reader-submitted quotes from women they admire. Click through to see thought-provoking quotes on love, insightful sayings for successful careers, and hints for a healthy life from famous women. The Guardian has a similar interactive as well.

  • Telegraph writer Cristina Odone penned a thought-provoking piece on how feminism has changed over the years. Odone claims that feminism has taken a turn for the worst, shifting from a campaign for liberation into a movement bogged down by non-negotiables and un-sayables. "Abortion is always right, quotas are always necessary, a working mother is always better off than a stay-at-home one, a man is always suspect. Question any aspect of any of these principles and they'll brand you a woman-hater," she writes. Odone proposes a new kind of feminism in her editorial.

  • ScriptEd, a nonprofit that brings computer programming instruction to students in high need schools, marked the day by profiling a few impressive female entrepreneurial computer programmers, asking them how they got their start in the male-dominated field and what advice they would offer to aspiring programmers.

  • Google's Doodle today is a cartoon of women across the world.

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  • The Washington Post published a lighthearted piece about the holiday, quipping, "The ritualized Burning of the Bras takes place at 4 p.m. ET."

  • The Daily Beast did an excellent job curating stories about women related to the holiday.

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