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Why we need International Women’s Day

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

                              -The opening line of LP Hartley’s novel The Go-Between

What will they make of us 100 years from now?

Just as we look back and fail to comprehend how women could not have been allowed to vote in the UK until 1918, will future generations look at us with pity and disbelief when viewing the gender inequality that persists today?

Following Saudi Arabia’s decision to give women the vote in 2011, every country in the world, with the exception of Brunei which has no voting system, now permits women to cast a ballot.

But around the world, vast inequality remains in other areas.

  • Just 17% of members of parliament worldwide are women
  • In the US, for every dollar earned by a man, a woman makes an average 77 cents for the same job
  • Throughout the developing world, women and girls have poor access to education, and as such, 70% of the world’s illiterate adults are women

It’s statistics such as these which demonstrate why the 101st International Women’s Day on March 8 is so important.

In 176 countries around the world, events will be taking place to raise awareness of gender inequality.


 61 years after women were given the right to vote, Margaret Thatcher became the UK’s first female prime minister in 1979

Here in the UK, I’m surprised by how little attention the day is receiving…

In China, Macedonia, Madagascar and Nepal, for example, it is a national holiday for women, while in many parts of Eastern Europe, men will give small gifts to their other halves.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, we’re observing the day by offering some superb offers on autographs and signed photos from some of the world’s strongest, most inspirational women.

Virginia Woolf, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and Mother Teresa are among those included in the deal. You will receive 10% off a selection of items whilst other items will be buy-one-get-one-half-price.

Visit our Deal of the Day section on on Thursday March 8 to view the full list of items included in the promotion.

By Dan


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2 responses »

  1. we celebrate St patrick’s Day more than we celebrate St George’s Day, even St David’s day gets more of a mention…so I doubt we as a nation are going to heed International Women’s Day!! people are also getting more suspicious of what they regard as ‘card company’ holidays, which is sad as i think International Women’s Day really needs more attention. ‘National Awareness’ days only really work if its something you are already interested in, and needs a lot of work behind it to actually create new interest in people.


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