Google’s ‘doodle’ for International Women’s Day 2013
In case you missed it, today is March 8th.
It doesn’t sound like much when you put it like that, does it? But for most of my life, that is what this date has always been. Just plain old March 8th.
Today is so much more than a month and a number, though. Today is International Women’s Day, a UN-supported celebration of all the fantastic work females do all around the world, and a day for the recognition of all the challenges they face, be it the struggle for equal pay, the right to a career and education, the high percentage of women who will be raped in their lifetimes, or the destruction of severe penalties for those deemed ‘immodest’. It is a day to say thanks to your mum for bringing you into the world, to thank your female teachers for giving you knowledge, to thank women of every age, colour and creed for doing the best they can to get by in the world.
Here at Cheaper Than Rubies, a website that is run entirely by young women, we simply couldn’t let the day go past without some sort of celebration of our own, and every good party needs a playlist, right?
That’s why this week, we’ve got ten fantastic songs by women for women (and anyone else who wants to join in). Some of them address issues that are faced by women around the world every day, some of them are just magnificent anthems to get you through to the weekend. Either way, you’re in for a damn good time!
1. Hymn To Her – The Pretenders
A soft start this week, with this gentle ode to feminine nurturing, be it as a lover, as a daughter, as a mother or as a friend. The admiration for the female is delicate and all-encompassing, making this arguably one of the best tracks for such an occasion as today. Continue reading