Today, March 8th, was International Women’s Day, in case you missed it. My best guess is that a lot of people have never heard of IWD as it is known. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the holiday:
“International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.”
Now, note that I certainly have nothing against a day set aside for women. My issue here is two-fold:
1 – Why didn’t I know about it? It isn’t nearly as well advertised as, say, International Pancake Day, March 3rd, which was advertised on television and all around the ‘net, with IHOP offering free pancakes. Or International Hug Day, February 13th, which, since the following day is Valentine’s Day, I must ask that oft-asked question: WHY? And then there is “Purple Day” on March 26th. All of these are somewhat obscure, but probably no more so than International Women’s Day.
2 – How are we, as women, expected to celebrate? Shouldn’t somebody who is a non-woman be taking us out to dinner, buying us flowers and chocolates? Or at the very least cooking dinner and cleaning the kitchen afterward?
Although Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1909 in New York City in remembrance of the major strike by the International Ladies Garment Workers’ Union, it gained international stature over the course of the next decade and, in 1977, was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to be a day for “women’s rights” and “world peace”. Okay, I would much prefer women’s rights and world peace to flowers and chocolates, but since we didn’t see global women’s rights and we darned sure didn’t see world peace, then I want my flowers and chocolates!
And just so you don’t miss any more of the important holidays coming up:
• Tuesday, March 10th is “Pack Your Lunch Day”
• Wednesday, March 11th is “Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day”
• Sunday, March 15th is both “Quilting Day” and “Buzzard’s Day”, take your pick
Happy International Women’s Day to all my female friends out there!!!!