In honor of International Women’s Day, inCon would like to take a brief moment to reflect.
International Women’s Day, originally known as National Women’s Day, was first celebrated in just the United States on February 28, 1909. Back then, it was created as a means to advocate for women’s rights and women’s power in society. In 1975, International Women’s Day was acknowledged by the United Nations as a day to celebrate all women. Since then, the date has become March 8. While many people today still choose to recognize the day and celebrate it with pride, there are some factors that people overlook, thus diminishing the effects of the day.
When International Women’s Day was first started, women lacked a lot of the rights they have today: they did not have the power to vote, nor were they given the same employment or education opportunities. They were truly marginalized in society to the extent that having a whole day dedicated to them was necessary in order for society to finally give them the respect and acknowledgement they deserved. However, almost a hundred years later, women have come a long way in society. Yes, there is still a need for feminism given that true gender equality does not exist in the world, but there is also a limit that feminists must remember to never cross, especially today. Women have achieved the right to vote, they have deemed respect in the world, and there are plenty of women in power with equal pay and status as many men. Therefore, it is imperative that women do not cross the boundaries today and begin advocating for a matriarchy as opposed to an egalitarian society. Certain people overlook International Women’s Day for the sole reason that they believe it has been overtaken by petty feminists who are looking for revenge upon men. A good number of women carry slogans that could be interpreted as “man-hating” or “women-superior,” and such slogans carry the potential for backlash, which is what is preventing International Women’s Day from reaching its full audience and potential.
Nowadays, there is a greater chance for International Women’s Day to reach more people if all women begin using International Women’s Day as a way to celebrate how far they’ve come rather than to mourn the injustices still in need of overcoming. It is human nature to accept a message that is celebratory rather than condescending. Therefore, men and women would more easily accept International Women’s Day if we were to take away all demeaning ideologies associated with it.
Quite honestly, maybe it is time for society to begin thinking of where to draw the line between matriarchy and an egalitarian society. In the olden days, it would have been impossible to advocate for change if there had been an International Women’s Day and an International Men’s Day. However, based on where we are today, there is a potential to start thinking of adding a concept such as an International Men’s Day (so as not to forget about the countless male citizens among us). Both genders deserve the same respect, praise, and celebration. Women have come far enough that they can share that praise and celebration with men now. After all, we did it together. So perhaps it is time for society to accept this truth and begin to celebrate both genders and not just the one.