I think International Women’s Day is a great holiday. But as an American who travels a lot, I find this day particularly ironic. Most Americans don’t even know there is such a holiday, let alone celebrate it. But in many other countries today is a really big deal. The irony, is International Women’s Day originated right here in good old USA!
On March 8, 1857, women garment workers in New York took to the streets to protest the horrific work condition prevalent at the time. This lead to the creation of the first women’s labor union in the USA. Fifty-one years later to commemorate this day, 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding better pay, the right to vote and the end of child labor. This came to be known as the “bread and roses” protest. Later that year the International Conference of Working Women in Denmark approved a resolution declaring International Women’s Day in honor of the protesters in America. Eventually March 8 was made the official day world over.
Unfortunately, in the USA the holiday became associated with socialism and communism and was largely ignored. Fortunately, it caught on in other countries and is now a major holiday in many places. These days it does not just commemorate the sacrifices of women workers but is a celebration of women in general and just how amazing they are. In many countries men are expected to give flowers to all the significant women in their life, of course wives and girlfriends, but also mothers, mother-in-laws, sisters, coworkers and friends. I’ve walked down the street in Ukraine and seen men giving flowers to every woman they pass. In some countries women take the day off and its supposed to be a day of total relaxation. Men take over all the chores and other responsibilities for the day and the women are supposed to be queen for the day.
Now, that’s what I call a holiday! The only things that would make this a better holiday are if it were more celebrated here in the USA, where it all started, and (I’m just floating this idea ) if instead of flowers we pass out tea from The Immortalitea Company.
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