Do we as women need to celebrate #Women’s Day?

Yesterday I stumbled upon a video clip exhorting women to #uncelebratewomen’sday.

It was very cleverly made and cited several reasons for skipping this ‘event ‘ as it were . And I agree with them .

Do we as women need a special day?

I also read a remarkable post by Mackenzie Glanville who remarked that being a feminist doesn’t mean being a man hater .

I agree with this too.

Coming from a patriarchal family with strong women, I sometimes feel that feminism sometimes goes over the top . Gender bias ? Of course it exists. In my family women have a distinct advantage. The girls in our family are encouraged to do what they want to do (education, music, athletics) not because they are women and need empowerment but because they have the aptitude to do so.

Similarly the boys are encouraged to help around the house, even taking on major chores like laundry, grocery shopping and cooking .

But who are we kidding ? There are inherent differences between men and women. There are certain characteristics that are typically female and those that are typically male.

My two younger grandchildren are just five weeks apart. Strangely enough they seem to be connected and even though they live in different continents share a strange bond- when one of them sneezes, you can be sure the other one is also coming down with something. They both are wise beyond their years and have a distinct sense of humour that was apparent even when they were toddling out of infancy. Both were given gender unspecific toys. But strangely enough, the boy prefers cars while the girl prefers books.

So my own personal observation is that there are gender specific differences in terms of attitude. Men are from Mars and women are from Venus

And let’s celebrate the differences rather than try to make both men and women into androgynous creatures in the name of feminism.

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Linking up with #ablogginggoodtime hosted by MacKenzie Glanville.


A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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12 Responses

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    Yes.. I believe we should celebrate Women’s day. It is not because I want to, but highlighting women achievers and their struggles will surely inspire someone to reach out for more. In our patriarchical societies where the woman is relegated to domesticity, it is women like us who can help break taboos and bring up the women left behind in getting their individuality. Here’s my reasoning –

  2. This morning, when I was going through the “Woman’s Day” wishes, I had the same thought. Do we really need a particular day to celebrate womanhood? Probably because, I come from a family where gender bias was non existent.
    At the same time, my heart goes out to those in the remote areas of civilization where gender bias takes an upper hand. For them its a bane to be a woman, a girl. But even in their case, does celebrating one day as “Woman’s day”, bring about any change, that is much desired? The answer is big “No”. Many even don’t know about it. Some might have heard about it, seen advertisements on it. But it remains beyond their reach. And that’s the sad part of it…

  3. Pratikshya says:

    Respect the differences. That’s so true and is so crucial to right upbringing and growth.
    So many things are going on today in the name of Feminism.
    Nice article.

  4. I agree with Lata – we need a day to remind the world that there are women who are accomplished and how!
    Women on the whole are stepping out and take on far more than they ever did – this is empowerment which has come about with awareness.
    So I say bring it about but dont over commercialise it or make it a mere lipservice!

  5. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Celebrating Women’s Day really makes no difference and so I don’t bother much about it. If we learn to respect women from every strata, appreciate their contribution towards the family as well as the society and treat them well, it will be more than enough. A special day to celebrate women will really not be needed!
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  6. I have a slightly different perspective than you, and I think that is healthy, for the record. I think Women should be celebrated and have a day for the years of continued persecution and differences imposed, and still ongoing. For the #metoo movement and the pink pussy hats. For the $.73 cents on the dollar and for the unfairness even in dry cleaning! Truth is, I am a feminist and I do not hate men at all. Nor do I believe anyone should. I just believe in #mightygirls and #strongwomen and STEM and careers and SAHM vs. SAHD. We’ll be equal when everyone on the Supreme Court is a woman and that goes unnoticed. #mg
    And BTW, you rock!
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Thanks for stopping by and presenting your point of view. Definitely appreciate it . Of course women need to be recognised and acknowledged but I often feel that a women’s day is just a token …. can feel the sly smiles of the guys who ‘ allow’ us to celebrate.

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