Today is International Women’s Day. It’s also Women’s History Month. A whole lot of effort to specifically celebrate a faction of the population that should be celebrated and revered on the daily, for keeping this world spinning.
There is no Men’s History Month or Men’s Day, because as we know every damn day is for them. Watching the news (it’s real guys, not fake) it’s clear how little need there is for even a Men’s Minute. While women are half the population or more, we only hold slightly over 19% of the seats in Congress. While women earn slightly more college degrees and just slightly less professional degrees than men, only 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women (sourced here).
As a black woman, I spend most of my time thinking about the inequalities we as black people have endured throughout our history in this country. Maybe I’ve put aside the inequalities of women because it then becomes too much to handle. I mean, is anyone wading through the shit more than black women? I mean DAMN!
The thing is, as we all know, women are the stronger sex. Even with all the shit we have to deal with – wage inequality, periods, pregnancy and childbirth, perimenopause (it’s amazing that this word always comes up misspelled), menopause – women still manage to take care of nations, mostly without an ounce of recognition. Try to imagine a man in your life switching places with you for 2 days. Just 48 hours. How many minutes do you think would go by before the bitching started, and how annoyed at the end of the day would they be if you didn’t notice that the laundry was done, dishes were clean, homework was done, dinner was cooked, kids were asleep, food was in the fridge, and toilet paper was at the ready when you went for 30 minute shit? Then throw a job on top of all that.
There are of course men who share the load, and men who take it on fully, and to them I say…what you want a cookie? As Chris Rock said, that’s what you’re supposed to do! Women work just as much and still make all the wheels turn for those around them. So I hope, on this day, men will consider making a pledge to regularly acknowledge the women in their lives for all they do. And a foot massage wouldn’t be so bad either.