Happy International Women’s Day

For those who, like me, had to read BoingBoing.net in order to realize the holiday going on; Happy International Women’s Day today (March 8th).  “Odd” how this International Holiday is not receiving much attention. Yahoo!’s homepage gives a token header icon to the concept but not a single article or add for it appears (unless you count that International Women’s Day is the top #1 search “trending” right now.  Though I’m not sure I do since in the box all that you can see for it is “International Wo…”).  Let’s see if I can hunt down some front page coverage for this very old holiday*:

Wall Street Journal: Nope

Time: Nope

New York Times: Nope

MSN.com: Yes.  Most of the way down the page under a list of “Bing searches” (sort of like Yahoo!’s little “trending” box) is a bit about IWD. Though the main link only brings you to that search page results about it.  It isn’t an article.

A Google news search of “International Women’s Day 2010” brings up 5,334.  Just for contrast though, a similar search for “Oscars 2010” brings up 19,003 hits.

Is it that I’m checking too early in the day US Time?  Mayhaps an international newsline will have run some coverage by now since it is far later in their March 8th by now and put a link on their main home page:

LeMonde:  Nope.  Though they do have a little box for “Feminine Blogs” on the right hand side at the top.  Maybe that counts as enough token “respect” to call it a day, eh?

BBC News: Yes!  A tiny box down on the very bottom of the page has an article for Women’s Day: “Stories of hardship – and hope – from Kyrgyzstan”.  Not exactly uplifting but better than NOTHING. Maybe.

Just some food for thought here. This is by no means an all-inclusive search and if you find a great article please do share it in the comments.  On the celebration of the 101’st International Women’s Day I think that Wikipedia has overly high hopes that this is really: “It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions 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.” (Emphasis mine).  I’m not seeing the major celebration anywhere, are you?

I plan to celebrate today by continuing to love my body as it is; as any woman (any human being really) should be able to do EVERY day.  What celebration might you hold in honor of all those before, us today, and all those who will follow us in the struggle to achieve the global respect towards all women; all HUMANS; equally?

*The first IWD was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. That’s 101 years y’all.

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One thought on “Happy International Women’s Day

  1. A 101-year-old holiday most of us have never heard of or observed! Boy, it really gets plenty of press & celebration, alright! Probably more people pay attention to Columbus Day & I KNOW that Valentine’s Day gets a lot more notice. We women sure are treasured & respected in this world.

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