2012 International Women's Day: Overcoming Inequality

2012 International Women's Day

Since 1975, every March 8, International Women's Day celebrates the invaluable contributions that women offer to economic growth, securing peace and social progress worldwide. The challenge this year is to "invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making," the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

Women represent more than half of the world rural working population with limited access to education, reproductive health, and are submitted to gender inequality in many developing countries. Problems like poor healthcare, child malnutrition and lower remuneration compared to men figure prominently among many challenges women face.


The challenges for women here at home in the United States are quite different from this year's UN focus. According to journalist Lyn Sherr, fighting for gender equality and breaking the corporate glass ceiling in Corporate America are the hot topics right now. She also recognizes that the feminist movement has made impressive strides since the 1970s. "Shift[ing] from being in the kitchen and in the bedroom to now being everywhere is a tremendous accomplishment." View Sherr's interview on E Street with Lark McCarthy. View the video here.

At AARP, women are an important priority beyond this March 8 celebration. We are lending a strong hand to women with the AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program. The scholarship application period for the 2011-2012 academic year is open until March 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Learn about how to apply, eligibility requirements and selection factors by clicking here.

Photo credit: AARP

Search AARP Blogs

Related Posts
February 04, 2016 09:00 AM
When Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I knew he would need all of his senses to help interpret the world around him and balance his changing cognitive abilities. But he has hearing impairment and limited vision (glaucoma plus visual-processing problems associated with Alzheimer’s). Even though there is only so much I can do about the visual issues, I assumed  hearing aids would solve his auditory problems. I was wrong. The good news is that we eventually discovered a surprisingly simple solution.
February 01, 2016 10:00 AM
The phone rang one day when I was at work. It was my mom. “Come right away, Elaine, we need you,” she said. Mom had just driven Pop to the emergency room. I knew Pop must have been very sick, because Mom hadn’t driven a car in years.
January 21, 2016 01:00 PM
I have been both a live-in caregiver and a long-distance caregiver. In fact, currently, I’m really both. My dad lives with me (as do my sister and her two sons at the moment), and I also travel for work, about a week every month. I’ve learned to manage my loved ones’ care no matter where I am. Here are some of my tips for other long-distance caregivers.