That a “Day” is required speaks to the issue.
For millennia, the prevailing social structures on this planet have been patriarchal. Literally, that’s father-rule. This shows up in all facets of society. Founding fathers and God the father, and an original idea is often referred to as seminal, from seed or semen. Did you know that orchid means testicle in Greek? It’s everywhere.
With this structure comes the implication that non-male is less than. If one is discussing size and brute strength, well yes, this is true. By and large, men are bigger and stronger than women. In other ways, there may be differences in style and approach, but different needn’t be less than. Lakes, rivers and oceans are all bodies of water, each different and each with their unique attributes.
It is my observation (and this is certainly neither original nor unique to me) that this really comes down to control. By claiming gender based power, divinely or human-inspired, rules are then made to limit the power and options of those not in the chosen group. Whether this is determined by gender, race, religion, social status or some combination thereof doesn’t matter. It is limiting the potential of an individual or group based on a category as opposed to the characteristics of a given individual. To me, this is an incredible waste of talent and potential.
How much does the world lose when we refuse to allow people to be who they are and truly explore and develop their gifts and interests? Follow your passions! Grow, learn, experiment, fail, try this, do another experiment, explore some more. Encourage this in all. Limiting options or choices based on gender is not only, unnecessary, it’s foolish. In this war-torn world of ours, with the planet struggling with overpopulation, climate change, starvation in the face of plenty, pollution and contamination of the earth, its apparent that “business as usual”–patriarchy, oligarchy, business-ocracy, call it what you will, is not working.
We need everyone to step up, to contribute. Women especially, as a different perspective is needed. As the saying goes, if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. And a definition of madness: Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome. No more compromising all of our lives for unnecessary and harmful gender roles.
If you’d like a short read from NPR on 7 inspiring, gutsy women who are challenging and making change, here’s a link .