Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
Steampunk is fortunate to have many an awesome woman counted among our ranks engaged in a vast array of incredible things. The talent, intellect, and creativity contributed to Steampunk by the female members of our community helps make our subculture so holistically unique.
Outsiders may look at our movement and wonder how it is that we permit women to enjoy such freedom in Steampunk, given our Victorian roots. Fortunately, we only use the Victorian era as a reference point, knowing full well that for many people of minority affiliations, things have vastly improved since the 19th century.
To illuminate my point, I’d like to call your attention to suzannelazear‘s post on Women in Steampunk from the blog STEAMED!. The article focuses on the question of women within Steampunk literature, but could easily be extended to women outside the fictional Steampunk realm and can be summarized with it’s final statement:
Women in Steampunk can be anything. They can be anything at all.
If you’re interested in getting involved with this year’s International Women’s Day, there’s still time. Click here to see where events are going on in your area or to donate to one of many worthy charities working to improve the lives of women around the world. Click here to visit the International Women’s Day website.
And after your done reading, clicking, and participating in rallies, make sure to take a moment to tell the women in your life how much they mean to you.