Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Happy IWD to Me and You and You and You!

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to be nice to me and all the other women in your life. Of course, I believe you should be nice to the women in your life—and me—all the time, but I’ll take what I can get.

According to the UN:
International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
On the face of it, it’s a little ridiculous that half the world’s population gets singled out for one day out of the entire year. I know this whole thing was well meant, but why not go for the whole enchilada? Half the days on the calendar should be for us! You guys can then have International Men’s Day the other half. (And don’t forget to order your official IMD wardrobe from this catalogue.)

I hope that today isn’t just limited to international women, however. I’m an American, therefore not really international, right? I have been to about 40 of the 50 states, so I’m really national. (Never seen much of the upper Midwest—yes to Minnesota, though, and somehow missed Oregon, though I’ve been to California and Washington. Not sure how that happened.)

Eh. International or National Women’s Day—either way, I’m in. Let’s party!


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