March 8, 2021: International Women’s Day

Strength in Chiapas – photo by Carlos Rosado

I am up early this morning, wondering what will transpire on this day.

A call has been issued by most governments of the world urging “restraint”. Plainly said:

  • Now ladies, let’s be reasonable.
  • Please refrain from defacing public buildings and toppling monuments to macho accomplishments.
  • Dealing with millions of angry women marching in the streets is disturbing, especially on a Monday.
  • Remember COVID is still raging, life is already difficult enough.
  • Let’s try to keep it low-key, eh?

We are urged to:

  • Reflect on progress made.
  • Call for change.
  • Celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

While I agree this is desirable, let’s look at what the “gold standard of human rights” has to say on the topic.

  • According to the most recent studies by the “United Nations”, no country in the world has achieved gender equality
  • The organization has named 2030 as the (magical) year when this is projected to occur.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is the one day (out of 365) when all of us are officially “asked” to recognise women’s accomplishments, “identify” where progress of gender equality is lacking, and to “promote” women’s rights.


Golly-gee, Guys – profound thinking – but there are two facts that cannot be denied:

  • Playing nice and asking first is NOT getting women any further ahead.
  • If the shoe was on the other foot, International Men’s Day would be a blood bath.

I am not advocating mayhem. I do not think violence is the right recourse. But I am a woman of privilege. I am white-skinned, blonde and blue-eyed. I am educated. I am affluent. I married “a good man” and I have not ever experienced anything “really bad”. I have been spared much of “all that”. Not a high percentage of Earth’s female population can claim this.

But my blue eyes see the world around me. Too many of the women are at the mercy of their male family members. A male hierarchy dictates what they wear, what they say, whether or not they go to school. They are told who they will marry and how many children they will have. Their work is undervalued. Their wealth is not their own. The same men even tell women what God they must worship and obey. If they rebel, the repercussions are major. Physical, emotional and sexual violence cower most. And this does not only happen in “sh _ _ h _ l _ countries”. It happens to a greater or lesser extent everywhere, in every country of the world.

So Guys, if there is madness in “your” streets today, don’t ask WHY women do such things. And if there is none, be grateful you dodged the bullet.

Either way, perhaps it is time to ask what you ARE doing that improves the lives of women. And, what COULD you be doing differently?

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include reading, painting, cooking and travel.

3 thoughts on “March 8, 2021: International Women’s Day

  1. I certainly acknowledge you, for all you have accomplished, Joanna, not only as a mother of fine, lovely children but certainly as an outstanding writer. I do not need to eat this morning…your words give me so much food for thought.


  2. But aren’t we supposed to be lady-like and smile through our tears and put up with all the crap the world hands us as women?


  3. While I agree women in most countries have been bossed around and dominated by men, I would recommend reading “Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil” by Jean Sasson. It is a real eye opener and part of a trilogy about a very wealthy woman who, despite all her money, must allow herself to be dominated in a male driven culture if she wants to survive.


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