International Women’s Day


Women hold up half the sky, according to Mao Tse-Tung. In many families and communities, women seem to hold up much more than half. And many times women do it for less pay, with less education, or from behind the scenes.

Today is International Women’s Day, and we at Cultural Detective would like to applaud women everywhere, thank them for raising us, for teaching us, and for collaborating with us.

The issues we highlight on March 8 vary by location. They can include access to clean water, education, or the right to vote; ending domestic violence and genital mutilation; advocating for equal pay, better child care, or peace. This year we would like to share with you a preview of an upcoming movie, entitled “Petals in the Dust: India’s Missing Girls,” which will explore the reasons behind “gendercide” in India, the killing of over 7000 baby girls each year. Thanks to Joe Lurie for sharing this with us. The movie is scheduled to be released in December.

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