Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The contributions that women make to social, economic and political life are significant and all too often undervalued. Around the world, women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn just 10% of the income and own 1% of the property. The video below from FITE, a group looking to empower women with Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship, clearly presents the problem.

I have mixed feeling about most of these designated awareness-raising days, months or years, but I feel that International Women’s Day is particularly relevant. It is relevant because it is too easy to become complacent about the status of women worldwide when living in a society with much closer parity between the sexes. This complacency is despite the inequalities that do exist under the surface of our own society and the occasional attention given to media that illustrates the systematic vulnerability of women like Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky, e.g.