Thursday, March 8, 2007

On March 8, ...

...1975, the United Nations designated this day as International Women's Day, an event that had been celebrated on various days since the early 1900s. (More here and here and here.)
...1702, upon the sudden death of the childless William III of Orange, his niece Anne Stuart ascended to the British throne. Queen Anne, whose name remains associated with furniture and architecture, reigned until 1714.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

Today we happened to be finishing our introduction to the Stoics as a prelude to a discussion of Cicero's political ideas: how to acknowledge International Women's Day? Fortunately, Martha Nussbaum's Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (1994) was close at hand, so we learn of one rather remarkable Stoic, Musonius Rufus (1st century CE). Musonius, Epictetus' teacher, wrote a short tract entitled "That Women Too Should Do Philosophy?" Indeed they should. And Musonius argues as well in favor of equal education for women, against a sexual double standard in marriage and against infanticide, among other things. It is perhaps no coincidence that this comes from a member of a school of philosophy inspired by cosmopolitan vision and committed to human dignity and self-government, hence its enduring and 'strong contribution to human rights and human freedom.' And thus our modest in-class celebration of International Women’s Day.