As the nation tears down historically fascist statues, women
still wait for their own recognition. On
August 26th, 1920 women celebrated the adoption of the 19th
Amendment. It gave women the freedom
to vote but not to be equal. We would
wait another 4 decades for that right. Ninety-seven years later we are still waiting. Waiting
for one federal holiday to be named for women.
Unlike our male counterparts, we don’t want a holiday just for one
woman. No Cady B. Stanton Day or Gloria Steinem
Day or Sojourner Truth Day. We just want
one single day to celebrate all women’s accomplishments. A day politicians, volunteer organizations
and our families need to support, propose and ratify.
A Vote For You is a Vote for Me
The 2016 presidential election may have floundered as
Clinton lost but women showed their strength.
Politicians should recognize that voter power. These same politicians come knocking once a
year. They don’t ask how little Jimmy is
doing in school or how the increased sewer service fee is affecting family
finances. They ask for a vote. The next time they come a knocking let them
know a federal holiday for women is the only vote they’ll be getting. Let them know that one hand washes the
other. Politicians understand this concept
very well. If they propose a federal
women’s holiday, you can vote in their election. If not, you’re knocking at the wrong
door. Maybe they could line up all the
statues of the slave holding and women abusing men at the voting poll.
Volunteers Need Support Too
Women are the majority of volunteers across the spectrum in
the United States. The Red Cross began
with the careful work of Clara Barton. The
Black Lives Matter movement is headed by several women. PETA is a majority
female organization. These volunteer
organizations need to show women support beyond a yearly appreciation
dinner. Volunteer organizations need to
circulate, sign and show out for the Women’s
Equality Day federal holiday petition. These organizations need to take the lead in
distributing the petition, phone banking politicians and educating the masses. Nothing is for free. Support those that support you.
Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds
Sunday dinners are a fun time for families across the
US. Millions join together at their
parents and their parents-parents houses.
Multiple generations come together to discuss the latest family news while
mixing a little politics in the dinner conversation. Tens of thousands of these families discuss
immigration policies directly and indirectly affecting them. Even more discuss the continued racism in our
society. But how many discuss a women’s
holiday? That needs to be the topic of
each and every family dinner conversation.
Each family needs a matriarchal leader to bring this topic to the dinner
table with petition in hand. Families
should not have to be given statistics and data on the expansive gifts women
bring to a family. Just think, the
family wouldn’t be there without women. If women grow a family, that family needs to
grow with her needs. The need for equality
and recognition. Sign onto the
holiday. Don’t bite the hand that feeds.
Who Advocates For Women
Presently, few organizations receive press or conversations
on a women’s federal holiday. Women
based organizations such as NOW and the AAUW are busy fighting for pay equality
and child care. It’s up to women to
bring the holiday conversation to the forefront. Women need to watch the statues fall and ask why
they’re not replaced with women? The
statues are just part of the entire process of change in America. In order to change the fact that women don’t
have any federal holidays, we must tear that veil down. We must advocate for ourselves by voting, volunteering
and at the dinner table. If we don’t,
who will? Better yet, who has?