March is Women’s History Month, and earlier this week we marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. And by “marked” I mean “did our usual stuff and didn’t celebrate in any way,” in spite of the fact that International Women’s Day is an actual official holiday in many countries around the world.
Really, it is, even if Hallmark doesn’t make a card for it. It’s celebrated in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia. In some countries, March 8 is a kind of Mother’s Day, with kids giving gifts to their moms and grandmothers. In others, the day is reserved for women to honor one another. And in some places, the men mark the day by paying tribute to the women in their lives.
Much of the time, we working moms are so caught up in the work-life juggle, so focused on the things we’re worried we’ll forget to do (or the things we’re worried that we’ve done wrong), that we forget about all the ways we get it right each day. We compare ourselves to one another and measure how we come up short; we ask, “How do you do it?” instead of saying, “You did a great job!” We feel guilty, and then we feel guilty for feeling guilty, and then we vow not to feel guilty any more (and feel a little bit guilty about that).
Let’s talk about the amazing things we do, instead. Let’s talk about the women we admire.
In honor of Women’s History Month, please share: Who are the amazing women in your life?