On this day in 1981, the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted as an international treaty, outlawing gender discrimination world-wide.
That was a giant step, and should be honored today by men and women alike.
But there is a world of difference between declarations and reality.
Even in the most developed countries, pay inequality is entrenched. And blatant sexist practices are still a debilitating, deadly way of life for women in many places.
Shockingly, it is increasingly humored even in the United States, if the tolerance for recent comments by the GOP presidential front-runner is any indication.
We grieve for all women and girls who have been harmed, enslaved, or even killed because of discrimination. And then we can act. Go here to find out more.