Monday, March 7, 2011

Celebrating 100 years of women's achievements

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For our posts today we can change the meme's name to That's OUR World Tuesday because all over the world people are (or should be) celebrating this one special day: the centenary of International Women's Day.
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Every year each country chooses its own theme for the day.
The United Nations' 2011 theme is "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women."
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The U.N. website has good background information about the theme, including this startling fact:

Women make up nearly two thirds of the world’s 759 million illiterate adults.
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Fortunately my own daughter was in the right countries for getting the science education she wanted.
Naomi grew up in Israel. After her compulsory army service she worked to save money and soon married, and she and Guy went to California to study at San Jose State University.
Naomi graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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They then migrated to Australia and, while starting a family, both Naomi and Guy got a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
Today they are doing good work in academia and are raising three thinking and caring young children.

Not every woman has to study for a doctorate. But I hope and pray that more and more women around the world will someday soon enjoy "equal access to education, training and science and technology: pathway to decent work for women."
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13 comments:

Kate said...

Oh, thank you for posting this; I meant to do the same but forgot about it. Shame on me!! An important day to commemorate.

Kate said...

PS. Congratulate your daughter for her dedication to her own education. My hope and fervent wish is that opportunity would be available for all women who choose to follow that path.

Kay L. Davies said...

Your wonderfully intelligent and international daughter is a perfect example of what women can and do achieve.
100 years! Thank you, Dina. I had no idea. I'm a bit of an ostrich, but I'm going to post that logo on my Facebook page.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Leif Hagen said...

A great posting - if only I had known about it earlier, then I could have put together a posting as well!

MaryA said...

What a treat to see a photo of your daughter, and on such an auspicious day, too!

Sara said...

I see your daughter is a California State University alumna! I worked for the CSU system for nearly 34 years (as staff, not faculty)...and we are always very proud of our graduates from all 23 campuses. Kudos to Naomi; she has certainly done very well!

diane b said...

Well said. You must be proud of your young woman. It has only been in my life time since people have recognised that the education of women is important. Even in the country where your daughter studied.It is sad tat so many other women in so many other countries are denying women the opportunity.

Kay said...

We knew from the time she was in kindergarten that Naomi was destined for great things. I am so proud for you!

VP said...

A real poster girl/lady for women's achievements. My compliments!

Rayna Eliana said...

Great photos and story...you should be so proud.

Winchester Daily Photos said...

You must be very proud! Shame on me for not knowing it was international women's day!

Francisca said...

Oh Dina, simply marvelous! You are a special woman for many reasons, but not least for raising a successful woman like Naomi! Happy Int'l Women's Day to YOU both!

Jilly said...

A lovely post for the day, Dina and a photo of a beautiful and obviously talented daughter with a great future before her.