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International Women’s Day 2012

I was told today was International Women’s Day.

One friend (who’s a woman) remarked, “that means you have to be nice to women today,” while another (who’s a man) jokingly clarified that it I only had to be nice to international women.  But all women are international women, so they were essentially saying the same thing…

Anyways, point being, I had no idea that today was International Women’s Day.  Maybe I am just ignorant and need to be educated, but why is this day not more celebrated and publicized?  Does the spectacle of a pre-packaged and marketing dream of Valentine’s Day make all other women related Days as being irrelevant?  I really am curious.

It seems to me that, unlike Valentine’s Day, having a day to reflect on the successes that women have made, as well as the obstacles that still confront them would be very worthwhile.  Especially if that is coupled with having sincere discussion and sustained action of how to confront and overcome those obstacles.  Of course, as with so many other “days” (and Black History Months for instance), this also runs the risk of implying that these successes and obstacles should not be topics of discussion 24/7/365.

So, basically, I have two questions:

  1. Is International Women’s Day flying under the radar and why?
  2. What are your thoughts on the value of “Days”?

These are not rhetorical questions as I genuinely don’t have the answers.  But I’m genuinely interested in hearing what others think.




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