Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. In advance of the celebration, the actor Daniel Craig donned a wig and a dress to raise awareness about gender inequality. How is the rest of the world honoring the occasion?
Female-Operated Flights: Air India and Air France have installed female-only crews for some fights. Air India says it operated a record 22 all-women crew flights in 2010, while Air France says about 7 percent of its 4,200 pilots are women.
Hillary Clinton Initatives: Writing in The Huffington Post, Secretary of State Clinton argued that "women still bear the brunt of poverty, war, disease, and famine. And when it comes to the boardroom meetings, government sessions, peace negotiations, and other assemblies where crucial decisions are made in the world, women are too often absent." On Monday, Clinton launched a program to empower women and girls across the world through a year-long series of events.
Google Gets Girly: Google has adorned its homepage with a special Google doodle honoring the achievements of women, and partnered with Women for Women International to help people organize Women's Day events on bridges ranging from the Millennium Bridge in London to the Grand Barriere Bridge linking Rwanda and Congo. If you go to Google Maps Street View today, you'll also notice that Google's iconic "Pegman" is joined by a brown-haired "Pegwoman" in a blue dress. But not everyone's thrilled by the change. "Much like International Woman's Day, setting aside one day a year suggests the other 364 days belong to Pegman, says The Washington Post's Melissa Bell. "Second, if we are trying to celebrate women, why must she be thrown back into a skirt?"
'Million Woman March': Women in Egypt staged a "Million Woman March" in Cairo's Tahrir Square--the epicenter of Egypt's recent revolution--to demand equal opportunity and a greater role in shaping the country's future, but CNN reports that the event devolved into a shouting match with male demonstrators. One women's rights advocate in Egypt points out that no women sit on the military council committee that's drafting constitutional amendments and only one woman is part of the new prime minister's cabinet. CNN adds that an overwhelming majority of Egyptian women report being sexually harassed. Elsewhere in the Middle East, activists in Lebanon planned a march against sexual harassment and Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted that "women are still oppressed" in the country and addressed the contentious issue of the government taking over women's shelters.
Top 100 Women: The Guardian compiles a list of the world's most inspirational women based on reader suggestions and expert opinions. The list is organized by category because "it's impossible to rank women who put their lives at risk for a cause such as [Afghani human rights advocate] Malaya Joya with artists such as Lady Gaga."
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