Picture: Google Doodle March 8, 2016
Theme: International Women’s Day
As some of you may know, March 8th was International Women’s Day, a worldwide event meant to celebrate women. In countries as diverse as the US and Ukraine, China and Turkey, Australia and Uganda, people took the day to celebrate the women in their lives and histories that they loved, respected, and appreciated. So, despite the fact that I’m a solid 11 days late, I’d still like to share a little information about the holiday. Enjoy!
International Women’s Day has a long history. As this Wikipedia article says, many think that the first celebration occurred in 1909 in New York as part of the Socialist Party of America. If you click here, you can learn a little bit more about what led to that event and what happened afterwards. For an updated and more user-friendly version of the history, click here.
There are basically two main sources for International Women’s Day events and information: the International Women’s Day web site and the UN Women web site. If you click on the former, you can learn how to celebrate the event/how the event was celebrated, the theme for the year’s celebration, and additional resources on how to contribute. If you click on the latter, you’ll learn what the UN did to celebrate, including who gave speeches (one was Emma Watson), women’s footprint throughout history, and photos from around the world.
As it often does for major events, The Guardian streamed International Women’s Day, showing what happened in numerous countries throughout the world. To see the stream in its entirety, click here.
So how was International Women’s Day celebrated via social media? Well, to stay connected, you could go to the Facebook page here. You could click here for “a global hub for sharing International Women’s Day news, events [sic] and resources.” For a how-to on using social media to support International Women’s Day, click here. Finally, for a brief selection on how people actually celebrated the day, click here for gifs, pictures, and Tweets.
Last but definitely not least, let’s talk about women artists! There are so many great female artists out there and, more often than not, their work is derided and they’re shoved to the sidelines. So let’s learn a little bit more about them.
So the Huffington Post has done what it does best and just busted out an article on 101 women artists ranging from the ubiquitous Georgia O’Keefe to pop artist Mickalene Thomas to 3D artist Ruth Asawa to performance artist Marina Abramovic. These artists encompass pretty much every style and every type of art. It’s an impressive collection, if scanty on actual information.
The International Women’s Day web site has compiled a similarly impressive collection of female artists. However, they’re all modern, and they actually link to web sites, blogs, and galleries. Click here to learn more.
For even more modern female artists, click here or here. The first link only has five artists, most of them Western-inspired, but they include the talented Islamic calligraphist Lalla Essaydi and the well-known Dutch visual artist Sigrid Calon. The second link is even more diverse, featuring artist-activists from around the world such as classical Persian singer Tahere Falahati, fashion designers Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar, and performance artist Patsy Van Roost. Check these out. They are very cool and very talented.
For more playful artists, click here or here. The first link has GIFs of famous female artists by female artists, including Frida Kahlo, Harper Lee, and Georgia O’Keefe. They are magnificent and make we wish I could make them my computer desktop. The second link has up-and-coming cartoonists, none of which I’d ever heard of! The collection really showcases how varied female cartoonists are and what mainstream comics are missing. Check them out!