March is Women’s Month, the annually observed time when we celebrate women’s contributions throughout history. The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society, organized by a school district in Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest, and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. A few years later the idea caught on in other communities and in 1980 US President Jimmy Carter declared Mar 8 as National Women’s History Week.
Each year all around the world people have been celebrating women’s strength and contributions to society. Annoyingly, over the years some have turned Women’s Day into a marketing gimmick with bars pushing buy-one-get-one-free pink cocktails and shops promoting Women’s Day discounts. What message is that sending? Thanks for your contribution to society, here are some discounts because all women like cheap pink cocktails and shopping…? Um… pass!
In the past, I’ve worked for companies where HR left a rose on our desks on Women’s Day. Thanks for the sweet thought HR, but I’d much rather have equal pay and a work environment without sexist comments or harassment instead. But the flower is a nice touch…
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