Today is International Women’s Day.
I would like to say “Thank-You” to the powers-that-be who sanctioned March 8 as the day to bring my exclusive club of “women” to the forefront of everybody’s minds today. I feel honoured.
For those of you who are not too familiar with my group – the group that is being commemorated today – let me have the privilege of introducing you. It’s only fair that you understand some things about this little group of mine…
- We are called “women”, a name that has a connotation of kinship with “men”. Both women and men make up the whole of “humanity”, the most populous (insects aside), and some say the most intelligent, species on Earth.
- Women have been mandated with the physical task of co-procreating, carrying and giving birth to “new” humans in order to carry-on the existence of our species.
- Studies have shown that women are as industrious and intelligent as their male counterparts. Some studies would argue that we have a higher pain threshold, are more nurturing and sensitive, and have a much better sense of direction than men.
- There have been no scientific studies to prove that women are “less” human than their male counterparts, despite popular belief. However, women have historically – and presently in many parts of the world – been treated as if they are an inferior sub-species of humanity.
- Despite oppression which many suffer in the forms of physical, sexual, mental, and economical abuse, there are many women who have contributed to society. Many women have been able to raise healthy, content, contributing members of society – and some without the influence of the more superior “men”; some women have made huge strides in the arenas of sports, science, art, industry, and all of the sub-categories of each; and there are some women who have even been considered “equal” with men, securing equal-pay for equal-work, and respect for contributing intellectually to the betterment of society.
So to have an annual day set aside just for us, on behalf of women everywhere, again I say thank you for remembering us today.
Maybe someday we can have a “Humankind Day” so that we can remember the strides and plight of that group once a year.
“Give me a break!”