Why do women need to be celebrated? Because in 2011 we are still working our asses off while being under-paid and under-appreciated on a daily basis.
We still have to fight for basic rights like access to adequate healthcare and the ability to choose what we believe is right for our bodies, while men are given Rx for little blue boner pills.
Strong women are still referred to as "bitch" while a confident man just knows what he wants.
Men are allowed to age gracefully, grey hair makes them "distinguished" while the media shoves Botox, lipo and face-lifts down the throats of aging women.
And these are just 1st World problems, I'm not even scratching the surface on an International level.
This year's International Women's Day theme is promoting equality in education with regards to Science & Technological careers for women.
These fields are already overwhelmingly dominated by men, and in countries engaged in conflict, children are kept from attending school to receive basic education by constant threat of physical & sexual violence.
You may think that this doesn't affect you because it's not happening in your backyard but think again, there are young girls who are missing out on vital education right here in America due to violence at or on the way to school.
While there is no doubt that we've come far in the struggle for equality, we've still got a long road ahead of us.
International Women's Day is about reflecting back to where we were way before we got the vote and before the days of burning bras to where we are now and looking forward to where we want to be in the future.
I believe the key to equality lies in education. Access to quality education in a safe and supportive environment for young girls & women the world over in combination with more aggressive education on the merits and necessity of equality for all human beings.
Let's make it so.
*Get involved with The United Nation's Girl's Education Initiative by starting here.