It’s International Women’s Day again, and what a strange year it has been. These last twelve months have seen some great happenings, some peculiar happenings, and some bad happenings.
In the last few weeks here in Australia, we have seen women (mainly) fighting in supermarket aisles over packets of toilet rolls.
Why International Women’s Day?
Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history and all across the globe, and is typically a day for women from all different backgrounds and cultures to band together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.
In 1909 the Socialist Party of America celebrated 15,000 women who protested long work hours, low pay, and the lack of voting rights in New York City.
International Women’s Day became an official holiday in Russia in 1913, while women still experienced difficulties caused by WWI. Men were off at war, women dealt with food shortages and there was a government who wouldn’t listen to them.
On March 8, 1917 (February 23 in the former Russian calendar), tens of thousands of Russian women took to the streets demanding change. The unified cry for help paved the way for Russian women to be granted voting rights soon after.
This last year has seen more people ‘identifying’ as something other than the gender assigned at birth, based on sex.
I have a couple of questions.
If a male person identifies as a female, does the female pay scale apply? (Women’s wages traditionally have been much lower.)
Vice versa – for a female to identify as a male, does the higher male pay scale apply? That might cause a headache for interviewers.
International Women’s Day Stars
Women quietly doing the best they can to make someone’s life better.
- Mothers (most of them.)
- Leaders of walking groups.
- People in the medical and para-medical professions.
- Shop assistants with a smile for the elderly, or for mothers with young children.
Hope for the future
Volunteer firefighters in all parts of the world. They risk their lives for others. Sometimes it costs their lives, and sometimes while saving someone else’s home their own is lost.
This young woman is eighteen years old, her younger brother and her parents are also volunteer firefighters.
These folks, and the people who help in all walks of live ARE the hope for the future.
Let us encourage them in whatever way we can!