100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

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Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a world-wide celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women, past and present.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland. Then, over a million men and women attended rallies to campaign for women’s rights to work, vote and hold public office.

This year’s events are scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries around the world. In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Sampsonia Way recognizes the women writers from around the world who have contributed their transformative words to our pages.

Haiti. Edwidge Danticat on the Dangers of being an Artist

New Zeland. Hinemoana Baker: The Page and the Stage

Finland. Finnish Music: An Interview with Author Sofi Oksanen

Burma. Khet Mar: Fighting with Writing, Political Activism and Social Work

United States/Mexico. Brenda Cardenas: Purity is an Illusion

United States. Lynn Emanuel: We Can Yelp, Woof, and Moan

Iran. Moniro Ravanipour: One woman’s war

India. Meena Kandasamy: Angry Young Women Are Labelled Hysterics

Belarus. Maryja Martysevich: The Unassuming Fortitude of Belarusian FeminEasts

About the Author

Silvia Duarte is the managing editor of Sampsonia Way. She received her degree in Communication Sciences from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and her masters in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Duarte was editor of El Periódico de Guatemala’s Sunday magazine from 2001 to 2006 and has written scholarly and journalistic articles in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her partner writer-in-exile Horacio Castellanos.

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