Easter Gift: Video, “Rise Up, O People, Proclaim Christ-Sophia Has Risen”

Christ-SophiaThis video comes as a gift for your Easter celebrations. In the midst of deep suffering around the world, this video invites hope of healing, resurrection, and new life.

Rev. Larry E. Schultz conducts the Chancel Choir of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, in singing “Rise Up, O People, Proclaim Christ-Sophia Has Risen” to a familiar hymn tune, with pictures from various artists.

“Christ-Sophia” is the central divine symbol in this song. This new symbol holds power for inspiring social justice through shared power and fulfilling the biblical promise of new creation.  “Christ-Sophia” resurrects a lost biblical symbol and offers new possibilities for wholeness by making equal connections between genders, races, and religious traditions, thus providing a foundation for communities based on partnership instead of domination. Sophia, the Greek word for Wisdom, is a resurrected biblical female divine image that opens new possibilities for justice, liberation, and new life.

New Testament writers link Christ to Wisdom, a female symbol of Deity in the Hebrew Scriptures. Wisdom (Hokmah in Hebrew) symbolizes creative, redemptive, and healing power. In their efforts to describe this same power in Christ, the apostle Paul and other New Testament writers draw from the picture of Wisdom. The apostle Paul refers to Christ as the “power of God and the Wisdom (Sophia in Greek language of New Testament) of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24), and states that Christ “became for us Wisdom (Sophia) from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30). The book of Proverbs describes Wisdom as the “way,” the “life,” and the “path” (4:11,22,26).  The Gospel of John refers to Christ as “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). There are many more biblical connections between Christ and Sophia. Origin, one of the earliest Christian writers, declared Sophia to be the most ancient and appropriate title for Jesus. Bringing this biblical connection of Sophia and Christ to our worship can inspire powerful partnerships that contribute to peace and justice in our world.

The new linguistic symbol of “Christ-Sophia” awakens the imagination to the continual birthing that takes place through creation and resurrection. “Christ-Sophia” inspires hope that biblical female names for the Divine, killed by patriarchy, can rise again to join with other biblical divine names to bring new power and wisdom. “Christ-Sophia” gives rise to a living faith. “Christ-Sophia” frees us from narrow ways of thinking and challenges us to new ideas and new ways of being. “Christ-Sophia” empowers us to make the vision of the new creation a reality.

Hymn Lyrics:

Rise up, O people, proclaim Christ-Sophia has risen,
raising the buried and opening the doors to all prisons.
Rise up and shine! Lighting the pathway divine,
as we declare this true vision.
 
Take heart, O daughters, behold, Christ-Sophia brings healing;
sons, lift your eyes and find health in this sacred revealing.
Claim life anew! Earth’s richest beauty renew,
showing a way so appealing.
 
Come now, O sisters, and join Christ-Sophia in daring.
Brothers, join in and lay down heavy burdens you’re bearing.
Come, one and all!  Follow the life-giving call,
changing the world through deep caring.
 
Sing a new song and rejoice, Christ-Sophia adoring,
glory and freedom within and around us restoring.
Sing, for the Light comes to revive truth and right;
now radiant spirits are soaring.
 

Words  © Jann Aldredge-Clanton, from Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (Eakin Press, 2006). For permissions, contact Jann Aldredge-Clanton. See additional inclusive music for all ages.

Performed by: Chancel Choir of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina. Conductor: Rev. Larry E. Schultz

Visual Artists:

Alice Heimsoth: two photos inside Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran, San Francisco, and two photos from “Sisters Stepp’in Pride” events. © Alice Heimsoth. Used with permission.

Pam Allen: “Mary Magdalene and Butterflies” © Pam Allen. Used with permission.

Mirta Toledo: “Sophia” © 2003 Mirta Toledo. Used with permission.

Bridget Mary’s Blog: two photos from Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Mary Plaster: “Sophia, Divine Wisdom” © 2003 Mary Plaster. Used with permission.

David Clanton: photo of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Chancel Choir, Orchestra, & Congregation © David M. Clanton. Used with permission.

Recorded by: Ward Productions, Pinehurst, North Carolina

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Just Published: Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World

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Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ann Smith, and Rev. Victoria Sirota, priest at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and I

pictured with Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ann Smith, and Victoria Sirota, priest at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Two years ago in connection with the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, Ann Smith, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, and I gave a presentation at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World, my book in which they are featured. After our presentation Grace and I began talking about collaborating on Intercultural Ministry. It’s exciting now to have the published book!

Many thanks to Grace Ji-Sun Kim, my co-editor, to Dwight N. Hopkins, who wrote the Foreword, and to all the contributors for their collaboration. It has been rewarding to work with these visionary people. I’m also indeed grateful to Colette Casburn Numajiri, one of the ministers in New Wineskins Feminist Ritual Community, for her encouragement and contributions to this project. Colette went with me on the adventure of visiting numerous churches in the Dallas area, trying to find intercultural congregations. Thanks also to Equity for Women in the Church, especially my co-chair Sheila Sholes-Ross, for living the vision of intercultural ministry, for enthusiastic support of this project, and for contributing to the book.

Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World  is now available through Judson Press and through Amazon, where it’s been #1 New Release in Christian Leadership.

Book Description

Why are most churches still segregated by race and culture? Is it possible to build intercultural ministries today? What are the challenges of creating and maintaining these ministries? How do intercultural churches give equal power and privilege to each culture? How do they avoid assimilating minority cultures into dominant cultures? Intercultural Ministry explores these questions and more with chapters from a racially and denominationally diverse group of pastors, theologians, and teachers who reflect on their experiences and experiments in intercultural ministry. Contributors are Sheila Sholes-Ross, Christine Smith, Amy Butler, Karen Oliveto, Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Brad Braxton, Brandon Green, Daniel Hill, Angie Hong, Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Carlos Ruiz, Emily McGinley, Peter Ahn, Katie Mulligan, and David Hershey!

Editorial Reviews

“Replete with stories of struggle and testimonies of faith, this collection can instruct and inspire believers who seek more excellent ways for all peoples. In its purview the book embraces diverse cultures and individuals to offer grace, challenge, and healing.”—Phyllis Trible, Baldwin Professor Emerita of Sacred Literature, Union Theological Seminary

“The ministers who wrote these chapters are intent on building intercultural communities that embody new forms of church and society. Sharing a common faith does not guarantee anything about common life, common worship, or common action. But with the creative, concerted, compassionate efforts reported here, we discover new ways to advance that work. This is a compelling resource for forward-looking congregations and students of ministry.” —Mary E. Hunt, Co-director, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

“Buried deep in the subterranean recesses of this thoughtful, provoking, timely collection of essays representing the breadth of world Christianity is the fundamental, and ultimately transformative, not to mention far-reaching insight, that diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, in and for theological education and ministry, are not enough. Their futures, and indeed the future of our planet, depend on the creation and nurture of intercultural competencies that are not only practical, but learned; critical but also hopeful; uncompromising, while being gracious; strategic, and at the same time tactical. This is a volume that will not only disturb but also comfort, disrupt as well as protect, both the faithful and the cynical, providing readers with ‘solid’ resources and ‘liquid’ perspectives for ministry and the living out of their lives—especially in these deeply troubled and troubling times. Intercultural Ministry is a must-read for all peoples of goodwill who desire the ‘creation of the fundamentally new that is also fundamentally better’ as they aspire to repair our broken world.” —Lester Edwin J. Ruiz, MDiv, PhD, Senior Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation, The Association of Theological Schools, The Commission on Accrediting

“This impressive collection of essays gathers years of wisdom from seasoned pastoral leaders. By combining personal narrative, theological reflection on current events, and practical suggestions for the church, the authors offer abundant resources for pastors, scholars, and students engaged in the work of intercultural ministry. They do not sugarcoat the many challenges of this work in our time, but they do offer the outlines of hope for a more intercultural future.”—David H. Jensen, Academic Dean and Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Freierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“In pulling together the fifteen essays that make up Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World, editors Grace Ji‐Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge‐Clanton have done a great service to congregational leaders seeking a faithful way forward in the midst of one of the defining challenges of our time—the fact that in a world of ever‐increasing mixing of races, ethnicities, and nationalities, the vast majority of churches remain stubbornly segregated. Acknowledging that creating intercultural communities is often a ‘disorienting, shocking, and at times, traumatic’ process that never occurs without conflict and never comes to completion, the authors clear away naiveté and dismiss simplistic answers, offering instead a vision that is honest, complex and nuanced enough to actually be helpful. Even while addressing the difficulties, the authors offer testimony to the transformative power of such communities along with a stirring reminder that these churches continue a story that began with Christianity’s first congregations, the power necessary to create them being inherent in our faith itself and the Spirit that gave it birth.” — Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski, Executive Director/Directora Ejecutiva BPFNA ~ Bautistas por la Paz

“Grace Ji‐Sun Kim and Jann Aldredge‐Clanton have done a phenomenal work as they gathered essays from a diverse group of religious leaders to discuss the creation and implementation of intercultural ministry in their communities. A copy of this masterpiece should be in every theologian’s library as a reference book which gives understanding to the importance of the creation of intercultural ministries as we attempt to live in our diverse communities which are constantly changing.” —Rev. Leslie Robin Harrison, Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

For those committed to reflect God’s diverse future today, Intercultural Ministry is an invaluable tool. What passes for multicultural church today is often a surface mix of people of different races and ethnicities, but they essentially share the same culture. This book challenges us to go deeper—too deep perhaps for some!—as it provides the theological and practical resources to move the church toward genuine interculturalism. It calls for openness on our part to the Spirit’s work to change the heart and soul of the church, and not just its face. —Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally, Evangelical Covenant Church

“Creating and sustaining a ministry that embraces diversity within the leadership and the membership has been the great challenge of the church from its inception. This book is a much needed guideline on how to overcome those barriers.” —Marvin A. McMickle, PhD, President and Professor of Church Leadership, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim & Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Foreword: Rev. Dr. Dwight Hopkins

Part 1: Building Theological Foundations for Intercultural Churches

Chapter 1: Becoming the Beloved Community, by Rev. Dr. Amy Butler

Chapter 2: A Collective Amnesia: The Church and its Prophetic Call to Steward our Collective Memory, by Rev. Brandon Green

Chapter 3: Disrupting Babylon, by Rev. Emily McGinley

Chapter 4: Every Nation, Tribe, People, and Language: Building Intercultural Churches with the End in Sight, by Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung

Chapter 5: Embodying a Disruptive Journey: Pursuing Reconciliation in the Context of Intergenerational Trauma in the Body of Christ, by Rev. Carlos Ruiz

Part 2: Strategies for Building Intercultural Churches and Ministries

Chapter 6: Beyond Resurrection Sunday, by Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross

Chapter 7: Pushing Boundaries in Baltimore: An Experiment in Radical Religious Openness, by Rev. Dr. Brad R. Braxton

Chapter 8: Laying a Foundation for a True and Viable Intercultural Church, by Rev. Christine A. Smith

Chapter 9: Just Power: 10 Principles for Building Intercultural Leadership Teams, by Rev. Dr. Daniel Hill

Chapter 10: Equals at the Table: Strengthening Our Identities to Engage with Others, by Angie Hong  

Part 3: Future Possibilities of Intercultural Churches and Ministries

Chapter 11: Ministry at the Margins, by Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto

Chapter 12: New Wineskins, by Rev. Peter Ahn

Chapter 13: Long Thread, Lazy Girl, by Rev. Katie Mulligan

Chapter 14: Ministry on a University Campus: Intercultural Successes, Failures, and Hope for the Future, by Rev. David Hershey

Chapter 15: The Kin-dom Coming in the Joyful Worship of the God of All People, by Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen

Conclusion: Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton & Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim

 

 

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Bridging Humanity with Compassion: UN Commission on the Status of Women

Artwork by Jane Evershed, www.janeevershedart.com

Artwork by Jane Evershed, www.janeevershedart.com

Briding Humanity with Compassion final copy 2The most empowering experiences I had at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) came in a series of events called “Bridging Humanity with Compassion.” We formed circles to share our stories and our dreams of a transformed world. These circles provided sacred space for every voice to be heard and for making spiritual connections to empower our social activism.

pictured with Ann Smith, holding "Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World," which I co-edited with Grace Ji-Sun Kim

pictured with Ann Smith, holding “Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World,” which I co-edited with Grace Ji-Sun Kim

My friend Ann Smith, co-founder and director of Circle Connections and featured in my book She Lives! Sophia Wisdom Works in the World, facilitated one of these events called “Organizing to Keep on Moving Forward.” It was wonderful to connect again with Ann in this circle where we all spoke about matching our passions with actions for the empowerment of women and other marginalized people. We all shared stories of our organizations and talked about ways we can bring our organizations together for increased power to bring change. I represented Equity for Women in the Church and Christian Feminism Today. Other amazing organizations represented were Circle Connections, Earth Child Institute, International Public Policy Institute, United Religions Initiative, and Charter for Compassion International.

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Monica Willard

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Sande Hart

After this event, it was exciting to talk with Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative Representative to the UN, and Sande Hart, Director of Charter for Compassion: Women and Girls, about their work. The United Religions Initiative promotes interfaith cooperation to cultivate peace and justice by bridging religious and cultural differences and working together for the good of the world. I talked with Monica about ways Equity for Women in the Church and Christian Feminism Today share United Religions Initiative’s big vision of “a world at peace, sustained by interconnected communities committed to respect for diversity, nonviolent resolution of conflict, and social, political, economic, and environmental justice.” Charter for Compassion: Women and Girls advocates for gender equality, education for all girls and women, female leadership, and other feminist issues. Sande and I quickly understood that the organizations we represent share the big vision of a world in which girls and women of all races and cultures can become all we’re meant to be.Charter for Compassion

Circle Sat.Another of these empowering events I attended was called “Compassionate Listening—Every Voice Counts,” facilitated by Ann Circle Sat 2Smith, Monica Willard, and Sande Hart. In this sacred circle women and girls from around the world shared our passions, dreams, challenges, and solutions. We celebrated our collective wisdom as everyone in the circle took turns sharing stories and listening with compassion. An awesome thing happened in this circle. In the midst of her story of her work for women and girls in Pakistan, Sabina Rifat sang a freedom song. Across the room Pam Rajput from India joined in singing this song and then Alice Garrick from Pakistan joined the song. Ann Smith later commented, “This spontaneous act of compassion by three women who had been strangers until the singing of this song united us all in a way that surpassed all expectations.” We all stood in the circle and joined our lifted hands, as Sabina, Pam, and Alice sang the freedom song again: “We will win, we will win, if you are with us, if we are together. Even though the life is a new war at each step, we will win.”circle cropped

At the conclusion of each of these circle events, we spoke together the UNCSW Prayer, that Ann Smith wrote in collaboration with Sr. Helena Marie of the Episcopal Church, Eileen King of World Day of Prayer, and Florence Kelley of Baha’i International. They wrote this prayer for the Fourth UN World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. Ann said she had been delighted when she’d heard Hillary Clinton conclude her famous speech at the Beijing conference with this prayer:

“Let us see one another through eyes enlightened by understanding and compassion. Release us from judgment so we can receive the stories of our sisters and brothers with respect and attention. Open our hearts to the cries of a suffering world and the healing melodies of peace and justice for all creation. Empower us to be instruments of justice and equality everywhere.”

In spite of the proliferation of injustices in our country and around the world, I found renewed hope at the UNCSW as I learned about so many organizations doing powerful work for justice and peace. The inspiring stories I heard increased my belief that by joining together with compassion we can transform our world.

 

 

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Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Commission on the Status of Women

CSW bannerThe theme of this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) was Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. This theme stirred my thinking because I don’t typically link “economic” and “empowerment.” When I see the word “empowerment,” I usually think of equal rights and education instead of economics.

I must acknowledge my ambivalence toward money. Growing up in church and at home, I heard more negative than positive messages about money. For example, I learned “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10), and “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24). My family encouraged me to choose a vocation with the priority of helping people rather than making money.

CFT at UNCSWAlthough I still find truth in these messages, the UNCSW reinforced other messages I’ve been getting more recently about money. Lately I’ve had conversations with family members and friends about investing and using financial resources to support organizations we believe are doing wonderful work to help people. Then I walked into sessions at the UNCSW and realized I was there not only for the economic empowerment of other women, but also for my own economic empowerment so that I can best support organizations I care about, like Equity for Women in the Church and Christian Feminism Today.

Often organizations doing the most good have the least money while organizations doing the most harm, like the National Rifle Association, have the most money. While I was attending the UNCSW, I saw news flashes about the administration’s proposed budget, which includes slashes to Meals on Wheels and other human services, the Environmental Protection Agency, programs to end violence against women, National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, medical research, housing, and education, and includes increases to military spending. So the messages kept coming about the power of money for good or harm and the connection between economic empowerment and equal rights for women.

Money has power:

  •  Money has power to give women the education we need for equality in the world of work.
  • Ÿ Money has power to give women the healthcare we need for ourselves and our families to thrive.
  • Ÿ Money has power to meet other physical needs for nutritious food, clean water and air, safety at home and on the job, and decent housing.
  • Ÿ Money has power to help meet women’s emotional needs for healthy and safe relationships and financial independence to leave unhealthy, harmful relationships.
  • Ÿ Money has power to meet women’s spiritual needs for faith communities and organizations that value women’s gifts and that include the Divine Feminine so that we experience our sacred value.

Women do 70 percent of the world’s unpaid work, and women’s paid work brings an average, globally, of only 60-75 percent of men’s wages. So how are women going to increase our economic power?

sessionsession1circle croppedAt the UNCSW women and men in small and large groups discussed women’s economic empowerment. Sessions included:

  • “Accelerating the Impact of Women’s Empowerment Programs: Leveraging Multi-sector Collaboration and Resources” (A panel discussion focused on bringing private, public, and social sectors together to invest in improving the livelihood of women.)
  • “A Purple Economy Complementing the Green for a Gender Egalitarian and Sustainable Economic Order” (Purple comes from the symbolic color adopted by the women’s movements in some countries. A panel explored ways a “purple economy” accounts for the value of caregiving work and is organized around an egalitarian redistribution of the costs of care between households and public services, between women and men.)
  • “The Changing World of Work: Views from the Bench” (Eight women judges from five continents discussed economic empowerment issues resolved by courts: employment disputes, sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, maternity benefits, vulnerable workers, human trafficking.)
  •  “Organizing to Keep on Moving Forward” (Women discussed collaborating through our various feminist organizations to increase our economic power and to translate our passions into actions.)
  • “Countering Xenophobia: The Social and Economic Contribution of Migrant Women” (This session explored how the increase in xenophobia limits the contribution of migrant women and ways to promote social and economic inclusion of migrant women at the local and global levels.)
  • “Strategies to Transform: Empowering Women for Economic Rights” (A panel discussed ways women can hold countries accountable for establishing economic rights for women.)
  • “Securing Women’s Land Rights: Essential to Build Women’s Economic Empowerment”
  • “Empowerment through Education: Women’s Participation in Decision-Making Processes and Economic Life”
  • “Transformative Politics and Women’s Leadership”

me with bannerIt was empowering to connect with women and men from around the world who are doing vital work for women’s economic empowerment inextricably linked to our overall empowerment. In group discussions and in one-on-one conversations I had the opportunity to talk about the amazing work of Christian Feminism Today and Equity for Women in the Church and to explore ways to collaborate with other organizations empowering women.

At the UN Commission on the Status of Women many voices sounded the call for the establishment of a global feminist economic order in theory and in practice. I left inspired to contribute to this new feminist economic order and to believe it can become reality. I came away with new messages about the power of money to do good in the world.

 

Originally published on Christian Feminism Today.  Reposted with permission.

 

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International Women’s Day 2017

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beboldforchange-iwd2017March 8 people around the world celebrated International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change,” emphasized changes needed for women’s equality in the workplace. The International Women’s Day color has traditionally been purple, but this year it was red.

pictured with my sister, Dr.  Anne Morton

pictured with my sister, Dr. Anne Morton

I celebrated International Women’s Day at the Texas state Capitol in Austin, where a Memorial Resolution, honoring my mother, Eva Aldredge Henley, was read and adopted. This memorial felt especially appropriate on this day because Mother was bold in working for change and her favorite color was red. I wore red to honor her and all the women who boldly labor for women’s rights.

International Women’s Day called attention to continued gender discrimination in the world of work. Women do the majority of unpaid work, putting them at a disadvantage in the economy. Much of the work my mother did all her long life was unpaid, even though she had 3 university degrees, exceptional leadership skills, and a strong work ethic. She faithfully served church, home, and community without pay. This video about unpaid work reminded me of her.

Even in paid work, women are over-represented in jobs with the poorest compensation. There is an urgent need for expanding employment opportunities for women, for removing discrimination women face in the workplace, and for equal pay for women. The average wage gap between all women and men in the US is 23%, rising to 40% for African American women and 44% for Latinas.

pictured with Congresswoman Victoria Neave

pictured with Congresswoman Victoria Neave

capitolOn International Women’s Day, I also had the privilege of meeting with Congresswoman Victoria Neave, who represents my district. She is one of only 36 women in the Texas legislature out of 181. Congresswoman Neave and I talked about her efforts to increase the representation of women and about her efforts on many issues of importance to women and to all Texans.

GenderEqualityInternational Women’s Day focused on the big vision of a world where all women and girls have equal opportunities and rights by 2030. Key steps that the UN initiative listed include:

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.
  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
  • Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

International Women’s Day called on all people to help create an inclusive, gender equal world that will bring great benefits to all.

History of International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a global dimension for women in developed and developing countries. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the celebration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

In 1909, the first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

In 1911, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time. More than one million women and men attended rallies to demand women’s rights to vote and to hold public office, and women’s rights to work, to vocational training, and to an end to discrimination on the job.

In 1995, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments, focused on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisioned a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

Sadly, many of the rights women demanded at the first International Women’s Day in 1911, reaffirmed and expanded in 1995, still have not been realized.

Call for Fifth World Conference on Women

For the past several years, many people have been calling for a Fifth World Conference on Women to build on the momentum of the 1995 Beijing Conference and to bring the energy of the millennials and the experience of the boomers together in a world-changing 21st Century World Conference on Women. The goal of this Fifth World Conference on Women is to bring what mothers universally want for their children to everyone: a peaceful world, good food, air, and water, universal education, medical care, the chance to develop and grow physically, intellectually, and spiritually.

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