International Women’s Day

Zur deutschen Fassung.

Today is International Women’s Day, but many of you don’t seem to know how to properly celebrate or commemorate it.

  • It’s NOT a day for those who forgot Valentine’s Day,
  • NOR is is a second chance for those whose object of affection has since changed.
  • It’s NOT a day to send flowers and hearts and other cheesy messages to your Facebook friends.
  • It’s NOT Mothers’ Day.
  • NOTHING is achieved by wishing someone a “happy Women’s Day”.
  • It’s NOT a day for companies to offer “Women’s Day Specials”.

No, it’s a day to fight!

Partisans Italy.jpg

As these Italian partisans show us, you can still be fashionable if you want to, but the guns and the fight are what counts.

8th of March is a political day, a day of justice, a day of equal rights and participation. Special Women’s Day offers with lots of stereotypical pink hearts are rather counterproductive and backward if you want women to progress beyond the status of Barbie dolls.

The only place where I have seen it done right was in Bolivia:



  • More from Bolivia, an exemplary country in many ways.
  • This reminder was also published on Medium.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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13 Responses to International Women’s Day

  1. Kelly MacKay says:

    And a day to be thankful for all the strong women before us, that fought for the right we now have.

  2. Donnah Nickerson-Réti says:

    Thanks for this posting. I couldn’t agree more.


  3. Snart says:

    My mother will agree with you Andreas.
    I can forget her BOD but never should I ever forget 8th of March. And I will always wish her to be the strong woman that she is in her 80s.

  4. Snart says:

    *DOB Date of Birth

  5. Anonymous says:

    In Poland, we have a manifestation every year on 8th March that focuses on the issues of healthcare, discrimination at work, reproductive rights, domestic violence… actually it’s a longer list. It takes place in Cracow and Warsaw and maybe other cities too but I’m not sure.
    Apart from that there’s of course flowers and special offers and other bullshit that makes it seem like this day is something women should be grateful for towards men. I’m glad to say I didn’t get any of that this year.

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  8. I wouldn’t mind receiving some chocolates😉😂😂

  9. redbat says:

    I wish this was more of a thing in the U.S. I was unfortunately only aware of it because Burger King did something unsurprisingly stupid:

    • Wow. That’s really stupid.

      I have the feeling that IWD on 8 March is much more known/celebrated in countries that used to belong to the Eastern Bloc and in post-colonial countries.
      Because in West Germany, I also don’t remember ever hearing about it.

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