Sunday Salon: International Women’s Day

The Sunday SalonHappy International Women’s Day, folks! While I can only remember hearing about it for the past couple of years, this day was created in 1909 as a national day in the US and went international in 1911. There’s all sorts of fun facts about this day on the official website, but my favourite one is that International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

I am mostly celebrating by listening to 6 Music, which seems to have dedicated its whole day of programming to International Women’s Day, but when I do find some time to read I’ll be continuing my way through Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her birthday was 6 March and to celebrate I wrote a piece for the Redhead Reads micro newsletter. Aurora Leigh is an appropriate read for today not only because it was written by a woman but also because it’s about a woman trying to break free of the social constraints placed on her by her sex. And it’s really good.

This week we also celebrated World Book Day, which I fully intended to blog about on the day but then was feeling too sick to read, let alone write a coherent blog post. I did feel well enough to pick up a children’s book I bought myself last month – The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell. It’s a brilliant retelling of Sleeping Beauty and a gorgeous item to look at. And it’s a feminist retelling, which is pretty awesome.

Did you do anything for World Book Day? Are you celebrating International Women’s Day?

5 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: International Women’s Day

  1. Bryan G. Robinson March 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I didn’t do anything for World Book Day and I’m not celebrating International Women’s Day, BUT I am listening to BBC 6 and right now, Bjork, who is being featured there. Thanks for letting me know about the day. I’ll try to listen in anyway. 🙂

  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz March 8, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Sadly, World Book Day here in the US was not marked by the free distribution of books as it was in the past. I loved that event.

  3. Barbara Bartels March 8, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    No planned celebrations here. But I am reading Sarah Water’s The Paying Guests this weekend. She’s a woman. It’s a book. Think maybe that counts?

  4. Anne March 9, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Every day is Book Day, right? I have never celebrated International Women’s Day. Thanks for the historical info on it!My Sunday Salon

  5. Kate Gardner March 9, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Anne Well every day’s a book day for me!

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