Bil Browning

Hillary Clinton & James Bond: International Women's Day

Filed By Bil Browning | March 08, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Hillary Rodham Clinton, International Women's Day, James Bond

Today is the 100th annual International Women's Day - a "global celebration of women" that originally started as a German socialist political event that has morphed into different celebrations in different areas of the globe. Some treat it like Valentine's Day while it retains it's theme of female empowerment in others.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary, Dame Judy Dench and Daniel Craig star in this short film as their James Bond characters - including a scene with 007 in drag looking remarkably like Ann Coulter.

After the jump is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's video to honor the day plus a short but interesting history lesson on how western Europe and the United States found a way to honor a holiday predominantly promoted by socialist and communist countries.

From Wikipedia:

Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc.
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The first IWD was observed on 19 March 1911 in Germany following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions.

Demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Russia proved to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet International Women's Day was declared a non working day in the USSR "in commemoration of the outstanding merits of Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, in their heroism and selflessness at the front and in the rear, and also marking the great contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples, and the struggle for peace. But still, women's day must be celebrated as are other holidays."
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A popular apocryphal story which surfaced in French Communist circles claimed that women from clothing and textile factories had staged a protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City. The story alleged that garment workers were protesting against very poor working conditions and low wages and were attacked and dispersed by police. It was claimed that this event led to a rally in commemoration of its 50th anniversary in 1907. Temma Kaplan explains that "neither event seems to have taken place, but many Europeans think March 8, 1907 inaugurated International Women's Day." Speculating about the origins of this 1857 legend, Liliane Kandel and Fran├žoise Picq suggested it was likely that (in recent times) some felt it opportune to detach International Women's Day from its basis in Soviet history and ascribe to it a more "international" origin which could be painted as more ancient than Bolshevism and more spontaneous than a decision of Congress or the initiative of those women affiliated to the Party.


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Rick Sutton | March 8, 2011 11:51 AM

Sorry, I love me some Sec. Clinton, but I don't go near anything that even closely resembles Ann Coulter til after lunch. Sometimes later than that.

She's hateful because it sells books and it gets her speaking engagements for a fat fee. All she lacks is a Molatov Cocktail.

Hillary rocks tho.

Pam Daniels Pam Daniels | March 8, 2011 3:37 PM

MSNBC showed the Daniel Craig video this afternoon. I hope Daniel is aware of the daily horrors that trans-women face. It would be wonderful to have "James Bond" stand with us in our struggle for full equality!

Only Bilerico would decide to commemorate International Women's Day with an Anne-Coulter-looks-trans joke. So much fail.

Reread what I wrote then.

I didn't say Ann Coulter looks trans. Hardly. That's been a common theme of mine on how offensive it is.

I said Craig in drag (with a long blonde wig and so skinny) looks like Ann Coulter.

Unless you're insinuating that all drag queens are transwomen (which we know isn't true at all), I'd thank you to keep my words out of your mouth.

Om Kalthoum | March 8, 2011 6:47 PM

I didn't read any trans joke in his comment. But I must say that however much Craig's face and hair may resemble Coulter, he has far more meat on his bones than the anorexic-looking Coulter. Look at his mid-section, for instance.