Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). I’ve never heard of this “day” before. Have you?
IWD is an official holiday in 27 countries. It’s a day for men to honor women. So, if you were born with the anatomical parts to pee standing up without getting your shoes wet, March 8 is not your day. Sorry guys. You’ll just need to go out and honor the ladies. We take cash, checks, chocolate, and sincere compliments.
Personally, I feel like I should have done something awesome to earn the praise. But, no. It’s all due to a slow-moving X spermatozoa that got lost during a freestyle swim in the 1970s…and made a girl.
I’m all for feminism and women’s rights, especially in developing countries. But…what I don’t get is when feminist groups in America say that equality hasn’t come far enough because women aren’t represented in equal number in corporate boardrooms…in politics…and in certain professions.
Come on! Of course we aren’t…and we won’t be …probably ever…for the simple fact that women have the parts to give birth and the estrogen levels to mother.
Women have the right to stand toe-to-toe with men on every level. I firmly believe that, in part because I stand there, toe-to-toe, every Monday – Friday. However, just because women have the right and opportunity to stand there, doesn’t mean we have to choose to exercise that right in order to be respected as equals. If I had a family and quit my job to raise children…I would still be just as smart…just as motivated…and just as successful…and just as equal as I am today. I’d just be applying my self and using my BACKBONE in different ways.
A woman can choose the house…
and/or the Senate.
Back to IWD. Apparently, there will be IWD events in hundreds of cities across the globe where men and women alike are to show support for women by going outside and…
standing on a bridge.
It’s true. Check out this site where you can find a bridge to stand on. I’m sure it’s metaphorical for bridging gender gaps. But, still. Really? I don’t see how standing on a bridge is going to help the cause. I know more than enough couples who’d like to push their significant other over the railing for…let’s just say…irreconcilable differences.
Do you think there is still a need to promote gender equality in industrialized countries, or has that battle already been fought and won?
Have you ever experienced gender discrimination?