Sunday, March 8, 2015
International Women's Day.
The International Women's Day is March 8. In a house where the only females are the dog, the cat, and me, I wasn't really sure how to celebrate this date. But then, I realized this could be an advantage. The boys are small enough to listen to everything I say, so maybe an afternoon of treats and women's history could be interesting. I didn't want to bore them, and show statistics about women's rights. So I made little signs to remind why there is a Women's Day, and placed on food. I had fresh bread that my husband just made, and served little sandwiches. When they asked what those meant, I explained: A lot of Countries don't allow girls to go to school.. Women didn't have voting rights until the early 1900's in the US.. Women couldn't work, or become professionals. Those signs made them ask questions, and it gave me a chance to bring up why women weren't(or some places still aren't) treated as equals. Those are discussions hard to bring up out of the blue, so they helped me start a little conversation. I even had a chance to make a little tribute to one of my favorite women in science, Marie Curie. I was able to tell them she was a scientist, a chemist and a physicist, and her work helped discoveries on radiation (I used the word X-Rays to make more exciting). This was just an attempt to show them how women are important, historically. In the end I could talk more openly, and bring up these little messages for them. Respect girls. Listen to what they say. Ask for their opinion. I don't know how long these principles are staying in their memory. But it was just a little seed to, hopefully, help them grow up to be responsible, respectful and conscious citizens. And guys who respect women.