[Note: I am not addressing this issue from a global perspective because there are women oppressed around our world. This is solely about the dysfunctional mind of the radical American feminist. If this day were truly about women worldwide, then it would be about raising awareness of the women suffering around the world – about honor killings in the Middle East, gendercide in China, human trafficking in the eastern bloc countries of Asia, etc., instead of advancing the radical feminist agenda.]
Today is “International Women’s Day.” … really?
I’m about to say something controversial: I think “International Women’s Day” is dumb.
Sorry, but I don’t need an internationally-recognized day to celebrate the fact that I am a woman. I celebrate my womanhood every day – in the way I conduct myself, the way I speak, the way I treat others, the way I spend my time. I don’t always succeed, but I try hard to reflect the character of the woman God intended for me to be.
However, I recognize that millions don’t believe as I do, think as I think, or live as I live. I understand that, unfortunately, not all women view themselves as daughters of Christ, which begs the question: if they aren’t celebrating who they were created to be – what exactly are they celebrating?
According to the International Women’s Day website, this day was birthed within the socialist movement, specifically in the U.S. through the Socialist Party of America. It was later developed into an effort, every year in every country, to press for “[women’s] demands.” They also decree that the day should serve to “honor women’s advancement… while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.”
They purport that their main goal is to resolve the (feminist-generated) accusations that “women are still not paid equally… not present in equal numbers… and globally women’s education, health, and the violence against them is worse than that of men.”
That statement in and of itself is proof of the insatiable appetite of radical feminists. Their goal is not equality. It is preferential treatment. And, call me a cynic, but this day, at it’s very foundation, has nothing to do with celebrating women – it’s about advancing the goals and agenda of the radical feminists.
Here’s why: For the past hundred years, American women have been allowed into colleges and the workplace. The Equal Pay Act was passed and signed into law in the early 60s, and by the late 70s, they could burn their bras and kill their preborn babies! What more could a woman want?! [sarcasm]
Well, there’s apparently more – now their agenda is abortion on demand (which they essentially have), affirmative action for women, and government babysitting services, just to name a few.
Long ago, 1920 to be exact, women achieved “equality.” The pro-life, pro-family women who campaigned for noble ideals like a woman’s right to vote and to run for public office should be celebrated. From then on, women could be all they wanted to be.
For instance, my great-grandmother went to pharmacy school in the early 1920s.
My family didn’t have a lot of money, but they did have hard-working, can-do attitudes. And, I would argue that, in and of itself, will get you further in life than any other form of “liberation” this world can provide you.
In the 1940s, my grandmother attended Baylor University and obtained a degree in Education and Religion. She went on to open a Christian school in her hometown of Post, Texas, that is still in operation today. Quite an accomplishment, I’d say.
Later, in the 1970s, my mom and my aunt attended Baylor, as well, went on to get Master’s degrees, and are living richly fulfilled lives. (And I would argue that is not because of their degrees or their jobs.)
Most rational women realize that they have been afforded a plethora of opportunities. Those same women realize that because of woman’s very nature, life is about sequentialism – you can have everything you want, just not all at the same time.
Women have always had the same opportunities as men, and although that idea may not have been widely accepted in previous generations, the opportunities were still there. If a woman didn’t go after what she wanted, she should blame the person staring at her in the mirror.
If I accepted all of the stereotypes and preconceived notions that the world and the current culture has placed on my demographic (gender, stage of life, career path, geographic location), I would be a liberal, pro-abortion, moral relativist, enthralled with my career, working my way up the ladder, demanding government support, having casual sex, most likely an alcoholic, and one who continually professes to be overworked, under and unequally paid.
I reject all of those notions. I reject the culture that surrounds me and work to counteract it – and I am a better woman for it. I embrace the fact that life is what you make it, is about attitude, and is about accepting who you were created to be.
And, I choose to be the woman Christ liberated me to be. Every day is a celebration… of the one who set me free.