Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. To coincide with the centennial of World War One this year, the theme is “Women as Peacemakers” According to Wikipedia, historically the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. It is also an opportunity to illustrate many double-standards that exist regarding employment and pay, as well as zeroing-in on violence against women.
My only concern is that shouldn’t every day be one in which these topics are front and center? By having a ‘Day’ do we not run the risk of trivializing these concerns, given that the marketing world has made all days a ‘Something Day’ – Ice-Cream Day, National Pizza Day, Pogo-Stick Day?