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Bummer, it’s Women’s History Month Again…

Helloooooo spring, it’s March! Well, maybe not so much in Minnesota, but spring is on the mind anyway — and so are womxn. March is home to both International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month. Woo hoo! Yes, womxn should be celebrated, acknowledged, highlighted, understood and then some, but why is it limited to one month? Why, in 2020, do we feel the need to set aside one month out of 12 to focus on over 50% of the world’s population? Sadly, it’s because gender equity is still a long way from being achieved both in this country and worldwide and that really gets us going. 

The facts:

  • On average, a womxn working full time earns 80.7 cents for every dollar a man working full time earns.*
  • Womxn are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men.**
  • 33,000 girls become child brides every day.**
  • Only 6 countries give womxn equal legal work rights as men.**
  • For every female film character, there are 2.24 men.**
  • It will take 108 years to close the gender gap.**

So, as much as we are going to very heartily pat ourselves, our colleagues, our members, our mothers/sisters/daughters/grandmothers/girlfriends and our peers on the back this month, we are also reminded of the work ahead of us (and behind us). We are reminded that our mission (to advance equity and justice for all womxn through advocacy and collaboration) is still relevant and necessary. During this Women’s History Month, and this time of great change and growth for the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, we recommit to and reinvest in the work and the needs of our community because, ultimately, we hope to live in a world where someday International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month are no longer necessary. Where all womxn have equity and justice, are accepted on their own terms, and live in a world that is built by and for them. In the meantime, however, we’ll be here supporting, empowering, and uplifting womxn in Minnesota and beyond and raising a glass to you, our sisters and compatriots around the state. Three cheers for womxn today, tomorrow and always! 

Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day from MWC. 

Sources: 

*https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/03/surprising-stats-about-gender-inequality/ 

**https://www.businessinsider.com/gender-wage-pay-gap-charts-2017-3 

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