Women'S Day marks the role of
women in both the past and the present. This day is not like Valentine's
Day, which is a celebration. It was started to highlight the importance of working
women and bring to light their problems. Thus women must come together and emancipate
themselves and this is not a one-day agenda. However using such an occasion to
start the process is welcome. This day is a great way to honor the many women
in our lives- mothers, sisters, wives, daughters -- everyone should be made
to feel special.
The Russians started
International Women's Day in 1909, and they're still the premier celebrators of
the March 8 holiday. Around the world, the event is a way to honor women's contributions
to history. But in Russia, the festivities go a step further - men and boys are
expected to bestow presents on all the women in their lives.
Here are a few
ways by which you can mark the cause:
Think about all those women, living and dead, who have helped in their own way
to shape your life. Do something they (or at least a few of them) would have liked.
2. Consider cooking their favorite
food, planting their favorite flowers in your garden or sending a check to their
favorite charity. The idea is to make them feel special.
Share your experience with your loved ones about the women you admire most. Talk
about both the ones you've known personally and those you've only read about in
4. Tour an art museum near
you and pay special attention to the work of female artists. Or visit the National
Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Host an all women's party and have a ball of a time.
Shower the women in your life with wonderful gifts (if you're a man) expressing
your love and respect towards their individuality.
Accept graciously when the men in your life shower you with gifts (if you're a
8. Last but of course not
the least is the feeling that originates from within-remember the hardships in
general and discrimination in particular that plagues the womankind and mars their
overall well-being because to progress (in life), one needs a discrimination-free
existence. After all,we,mere mortals should not take the liberty to judge a person
superior or inferior.
Every day goes
by so quickly, so having such a day is great! However dedicating a day for an
event is not enough. The real challenge lies in the spontaneous flow of feelings-
honoring and celebrating womanhood on a particular March 8 only to forget its
importance the next day is sacrilegious.