Since the early 20th century the 8th day of March marks a worldwide event ~ International Women’s Day. The official site this year describes it as “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” The day itself became a popular event after 1977 when the UN General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. For the last decade or so messages proliferating on the social media (think twitter/facebook/whatsapp to name a few!) ensure that you are inundated today with quotes and images paying tribute to the spirit of womanhood.
There are many people (including women) who feel that by setting aside a specific date for such a cause one is only furthering the gender divide that has existed in the human race since aeons. Why they ask do you need a ‘glorified day’ to further the cause of gender equality. But none can deny the fact that such activism has brought about a lot of improvement in the status of women in general. Perhaps as their overall position in society becomes better, you do need to celebrate the indomitable spirit of every woman who has contributed to making the world a little better for the fairer sex. Ultimately, to quote a famous phrase used in a different context ~ ‘the soul of a people long suppressed has to find utterance.”