Women’s rights activists in Italy are supposedly upset that the town of Corinaldo has widened and repainted hundreds of parking spaces as pink to signify they are for pregnant women and new moms. The wider, moms-only parking spaces were debuted for International Women’s Day last Friday. But the UK’s Sun newspaper quotes feminist activists pointing out the gesture only serves to reinforce women’s traditional role as mothers: Keep reading »
This International Women’s Day, it’s important. to pay tribute to the commendable women who’ve made a difference for the better — but what about the bad girls in history, who are notorious for their sexy, shocking, and sinister deeds? Here are 15 scandalous women who have become legendary for everything from stripping to having lesbian affairs to naked horseback rides. Get a tawdy history lesson on these controversial female figures now!
Who she is: An American pinup model from the ’50s who has been called the “Queen of Pinups.”
Why she’s scandalous: Besides being one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine (Miss January 1955), Bettie Page was famous for her fetish and sadomasochistic modeling. In fact, she’s considered the first famous bondage model. Read more…
As you may or may not already know, March 8th marks 102 years of International Women’s Day. The official United Nations theme for 2013 is “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women,” so you better believe we’ll be drinking to that. There are a number of ways to get politically active on this very important holiday, but if marching isn’t your thing (it isn’t mine) and you still want to do your part in commemorating, why not treat yourself to a fancy French soap and help women in need in the process? L’Occitane’s limited-edition Women’s Day Soaps are produced in Burkina Faso, Africa, as part of a partnership with a local factory run entirely by women in support of their economic emancipation, and 100 percent of the proceeds help to build literacy centers for the women of Burkina Faso. Formulated with L’Occitane’s signature shea butter and engraved with a motif that translates to “education,” this soap is as cute as it is conscious, and the program has educated over 5,000 women since 2006. Get in on it — pick up your bar on the brand’s website today! [$8, L'Occitane]
Happy International Women’s Day! Politicians are currently busy waging war on women, but I have to say, I’ve never felt more proud to be female. We may have a rough road ahead of us, but this is our time to band together and show the world our power. Let’s start today. Here are 20 ways–big and small, personal and political–to celebrate this important day! Keep reading »
Did you know that today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day? To celebrate, Daniel Craig has put on a wrap dress, heels, pearls and blonde wig for this public service announcement, which Dame Judy Dench—his James Bond
co-star—narrates. “For someone who has such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it might be like to be one,” she says. “Women are responsible for two-thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10 percent of the total income and own just one percent of the property… So, are we equals?” Props to Daniel and Judy for making this ad, which brings up some very good and important points. Keep reading »
Happy International Women’s Day! (Congrats on having a vagina. And on being generally awesome. And so much more.)
If this all crept up on you, and you’re stuck behind your desk all day, here’s a quick and easy way to lend your support to the female community—sign your name on the Yves Saint Laurent and UNIFEM (the women’s fund at the United Nations) anti-violence campaign. Showing your support for the “Say No to Violence” action will join you with the UNIFEM-YSL alliance, which promises to “highlight the issue and call attention to working strategies and solutions that apply in developing countries and are applicable in the developed world as well.” In addition, the initiative will provide resources and grants in a variety of areas.
A tip of the hat to YSL for using its fashion power for good and supporting the global women’s community. [SayNoToViolence.org] Keep reading »