The world is celebrating International Women's Day. So you know what that means. Lithuanian police officers are probably giving tulips to female drivers again. But an online feminist community called the School of Feminism has suggested another cool way to commemorate the occasion.

Posters. The organization uploaded a series of designs to the internet, listing some of the biggest achievements that societies' have earned in their quest towards equality. "Thanks to feminists, women can vote, work, abort [their pregnancies], divorce [spouses], wear pants, read any book [they like], use birth control, take out a loan..." Anyone who wants to use the posters can download and print out the designs or simply share them online.

"There are still many rights to fight for to achieve real equality between women and men around the world," School of Feminism concluded. "Let's keep up the fight."

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Marc
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1 year ago

Many women faught for that right and thanks to them my daughters are allowed to vote today. It should be a matter of course, but I am not sure it is. At least in western countries it is possible today, but in a lot it is not.

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"There are many things [women can] thank feminism for," School of Feminism told Bored Panda. "From being able to vote to wearing pants, these are just a few obvious things that we do not consider on a day to day basis and that is why our simple and clear message has been so viral. But despite of all our achievements, we continue to live in a tremendously macho and unequal society. Do not forget that there still are many rights to fight for to achieve real equality throughout the world."

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Marc
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1 year ago

Education for woman has been the same as with woman having a job. Nearly impossible. A woman had to stay at home, raise the kids, cook and be there for the man. You didn't need much education for that (as they said). Luckily, that changed. At least in most countries.

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"Everyone has the potential to make a change in the world," they said. "When we released this series, we didn’t expect such a huge reaction because we didn’t have a community to share the project with." However, people in the internet found it despite the low like count on School of Feminism's social media pages. "We published the images on our personal accounts and they began to spread quickly."

In one week School of Feminism’s Instagram account has grown from 0 to 13k followers and their Facebook page has reached 21k, and the numbers keep climbing.

"We are receiving messages from all around the world, including Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, Italy, Chile, Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, thanking us thanks and asking us to translate the posters into their native languages."

"We’ve ignited a worldwide conversation about feminism, and people are actively commenting and sharing their points of view thought direct messages and comments. To us, this is a great achievement because there still are people who do not understand that Feminism, as Angela Davis said, 'is the radical idea that women are human beings.'"

"We firmly believe that through [active] communication we can translate the concepts of Feminism into something so simple, everyone will be able to understand and embrace it."

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

For this, I cannot thank them enough! Pants (jeans in particular) are pretty much my only type of bottom-wear all year round =)

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After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested that Women's Day be held annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. Then, socialist movements and communist countries began celebrating that day until it was officially adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

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Marc
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1 year ago

At least the part you don't have to give to Uncle Sam. If now we can achieve that women earn the same money for the same job, we all could be happy. Sadly, that will take some more years, I guess.

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CCL_2018
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1 year ago

In a lot of tribes is was the women who hunted and women who were warriors too. Women's role in society as a worker has changed over the years for many reasons. Women went to work during war, because the men were not there to do it. Queen Elizabeth was a Mechanic during WWII.

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Diome
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1 year ago

...and you are not your dad's/husband's property!

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The official theme for International Women's Day 2019 is: 'Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.' "At a time when innovation is dominant, shaping and changing the way people live in every part of the world, we have to be intentional about its use to positively impact the lives of women and girls," UN Women stated. "That means making sure they are not only consumers of innovation, but take their place as innovators. With their engagement, both design and execution of solutions can address the unique needs of women and girls, from the creation of decent work to delivery of products, services and infrastructure for women in all walks of life. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” puts innovation at the centre of efforts to reflect the needs and viewpoints of women and girls and to resolve barriers to public services and opportunities."

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Marc
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1 year ago

Reading this, it sounds unbelieveable. It's unthinkable today, but it happened.

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Marc
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1 year ago

Yes, but... A good friend of mine, she is having three kids and wants to leave her husband (this is happening right now), because of various reasons, of which one is abuse. The thing is, at least in the US, a divorce is probably as expensive as a marriage, if not more expensive (depending on where you live, it varies between 10 and 2,000 Dollar. If you can't afford it, can't afford a lawyer, if you were the one raising the kids and haven’t been working, you have a problem. You might be leaving your partner, but you can't get a divorce, unless you can afford it one day. It the same old problems like back in the days - To leave someone you either need the support of family or friends, or you are damned to at least stay married. Often, as a woman you can’t just leave.

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Kaisu Rei
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1 year ago

It's really wild to think that women ever needed permission from men in order to use birth control, that's just disgusting

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"Remoteness need no longer be an exclusion issue when mobile money technology and digital payments can deliver social benefits to even the most remote households. Lack of roads need not prevent life-saving medication from reaching patients, with smart inventions like 15-year old Nigerian Eno Ekanem’s drone to make drops to rural areas, controlled by SMS messaging."

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AngelCake13
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1 year ago

In theory....

Meowton Mewsk
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1 year ago

And only in theory. My last job fired over four women in three years because the male boss didn’t want to pay for their maternity leave. Wouldn’t hire them back after the babies were born either.

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Christie Cestone-Wilson
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1 year ago

my mom always said her boss told her she was gaining weight - she was pregnant with me - she worked until 3 days before I was born because she knew she would be fired when she told him she was pregnant

R.s. Potter
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1 year ago

In reality women do still lose their jobs because of this. It's just not as overt. The employer comes up with another reason.

Lara B.
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1 year ago

At least in theory... A friend of mine had a temporay contract for one year. It was meant to turn into a permanent contract, but as soon as she told the boss that she was pregnant: Bye bye permanent contract, bye bye work.

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Yes, and in the states, you get 6 weeks (sometimes) of maternity leave. We still have work to do.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

This one is still not true for many places and, sadly, it's still considered normal and even acceptable for a woman to lose her job due to pregnancy, heck even just marriage. In Korea at least. Although, it seems that in the company where I work, we're lucky.

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
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1 year ago

but you're still treated lie a freak if you don't want to get pregnant.

Ozacoter
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1 year ago

Well, we are getting there... maybe in a generation or two...

Ozacoter
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1 year ago

I mean I have been asked so many times in job interviews if I want kids... We can all imagine what happens of you say yes to that question...

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panda_legerdemain
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1 year ago

Companies prefer not to hire women for this reason. Happens a lot in IT sector

Kimberly Loomis
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1 year ago

This is still a thing that happens.

Ruth Baldwin
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1 year ago

Yo can't legally be sacked, but your employer can make life so difficult for you that you might want to leave. My friend from her third month of pregnancy was subjected to a form of bullying by her boss - a bitter, recently divorced woman in her mid thirties - called her into her office to pick up pencils and assorted stationery that her boss had dropped on the floor two or three times a day. Not enough to cause any harm, but just enough to rankle and disturb the concentration needed for accuracy in a wages department. My friend had to keep on her boss's good side because of the maternity pay she was entitled to and she put up with it but how she managed through the morning sickness, backaches, varicose veins and other discomforts as her pregnancy advanced, I don't know. My friend is a happy grandmother now and her boss was quietly fired for embezzlement a few months after my friend returned from her maternity leave.

BusLady
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1 year ago

Boss got what she deserved. Sorry your friend had to go through this. It's just plain abuse. I had a similar experience myself.

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Adrian Alexe
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1 year ago

Korean pop contracts for female artists specify that they are not allowed to become pregnant during the contract's period. Or even be romantically involved with someone. So yeah, sounds nice in theory.

Darya Karpova
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1 year ago

On paper, still practicing now these days. Women demoted after returning from maternity leave in top 5 accounting firms in USA

Auburn Mc
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1 year ago

I hear in some countries, maternity leave and parental leave are structured differently than USA and Canada to encourage men to take the same time off as women, which creates more balance and equality. Besides, why shouldn't dads get to/want to participate as much during those developmental years - especially when it benefits everyone.

Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

In Canada, paternity leave can be taken whenever the dad wants it. He can even divide up maternity leave with his partner

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Heather Lewis
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1 year ago

Fired for being pregnant. Company had less than 12 employees so the law did not apply to them, and I had no rights. BTW owner was a woman with a child, who often took time off to care for the child. However, she told me I was fired because with children getting sick and stuff I would need more time off and she wanted people dedicated to the job.

Xoxo
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1 year ago

Sadly, they can't fire you, but they can make life hell until you quit. I've quit several jobs who practice this disgusting method.

Valerie Linares
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1 year ago

No, it may be the "law" to discriminate against pregnant women.. but pregnant women are still discriminated against in the work place.

Kyana Winter
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1 year ago

I never even knew this happened! This is horrible!

Janice Seagraves
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1 year ago

This used to happen a lot.

Konstantin Seleznev
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1 year ago

Uh..oh...i seriously doubt there are plenty of such employers in the world. Thank a good fortune as well

Cindy Snow
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1 year ago

If you take off more than 6 weeks you might not get it back. Happened to me.

Celeste PaRania
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10 months ago

This is still very debatable unfortunately...

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Marc
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1 year ago

In a perfect world that should be the case. We all know that it is not. Even if there're laws against it, there are still ways for a boss to get rid of a pregnant woman. It definitely got better and that is a good thing. A bigger problem might be, and that is the reason many women consider getting a baby, that if you have a child and maybe go on parental leave, you lost probably a year or so. Others might have gotten a promotion in that time, while the woman missed a whole year. Don't get me wrong here - It's don’t have to be a bad thing, if you wanted to have that baby, but it still is something todays parents consider.

Sheila Weila
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1 year ago

That is often why women get paid less for the same "job". They take more days off with sick kids, are unwilling to work thru dinner.

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Michał Jastrzębski
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1 year ago

And all employers thank feminists for women that leave for years of paid maternity, while holding their company position as hostage. Because that has noooo effect on the company's efficiency whatsoever ;)

Miklós Nagy
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Nah, in the age of industrial revolution the industry owners made the shit work out of you even if you were pregnant.

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Kururi.Orihara
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1 year ago

Also thank LGBTQ+ movements, they made same sex marriage legal!! Not all women want to marry males. :)

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Cornelius Stanley
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1 year ago

In islam your testimony only worth half of a man tho.

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According to the statement, women and girls must have opportunities to contribute to making real change, and help shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact their lives. "As we have seen from recent marches for climate action in Europe and elsewhere—they are ready to do so."

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Huge deal. As someone who was born in Germany many moons ago, I am happy to say, that we have a female chancellor since a few years now. Not everyone is happy about her, especially lately, but that doesn't change the fact, that it is a good thing. Now that my family is living in Atlanta (close to), I am sure that it is only a matter of time, until the US will have a female president as well (maybe even as a follow-up to Trump). I think, in the past it didn't have much to do with the fact that they were women, but more with them not being the "best" option. However, I am sure the day will come.

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Kururi.Orihara
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1 year ago

This is still a work in progress, and not just for women.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Without this one, I wouldn't have been able to graduate university, as both my mom and dad took turns to take loans each year. Thanks mom and dad (and thanks to feminism too).

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Hobbit Girly
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1 year ago

Where my wrestling girls at? :D

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Loki
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1 year ago (edited)

Some people think its "disgusting" to talk about it in public. I don't get why, it's natural, like "Oh, she sneezed in public! disgusting!" both are natural.(Edit: I'm a female, my friends and I talk about it.)

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1 year ago

Feminists is about giving women rights. The right to make a choice. It's not about picking a side on a controversial topic.

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Rosie Gal
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1 year ago (edited)

All ladies in the military, I respect y'all!!

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

Nobody does it in public here in Russia, mostly because it's too intimate a process for any strangers to see. Though I don't understand how this can be considered disgusting by anyone :-|

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Analyn Lahr
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But a woman still can't walk around topless like a man can. Edit: I wasn't choosing sides, I was just pointing something out. And not because it's illegal or whatever but because women wouldn't feel safe doing so in places a man might be seen without a shirt.

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