So, International Women's Day has been a thing for a long time, especially if you live in a bi-national household as I do. It has a truly lefty history, and I even met someone in Whole Foods yesterday (who turned out to be from Poland) who was buying flowers for his wife and mother for International Women's Day.
This year, the date is getting unusual attention (the attention it has always deserved) across the US -- yes, something the date and related issues should have been receiving all along. Why? Perhaps obviously, in response to the current political situation. Women are striking (enough that some school districts are closing), people are wearing red, and either not spending dollars or urging that they be spent in women-owned or women-led organizations. Some are giving those who work for them a paid day off. Others raised dollars to support any lost wages for women on this date. The strike is not as visible as the Women's Marches of earlier this year, but in some ways are a more important marker.
I have chosen not to strike (I almost wrote I cannot but that is not accurate). I am wearing red. And I am not shopping. I am ambivalent about not striking, feeling guilty. But I am not.
What are you doing? What are you eating? How are you honoring yourself and the women you know on this date? How can we show not only how important women are to the economy but continue to push out the notion of women's rights as human rights, recognizing the many ways women of color, poor women of all hues, and even women who think that women's rights are bogus are critical to our worlds, and that every woman and girl, cis or transgendered, comes into this world deserving to be recognized as fully human?
You ask: does this belong on Cooking With Ideas? Yes. In my view, this all about food, as is this blog. It is about literal access to food, the many ways women are the carriers of food culture, the ways food insecurity disproportionately affects some, the gendered (and raced and classed) qualities of fine dining, and much more. And, given my love for cozy mysteries, this is about the ways that kind of literature is gendered as well.
Please comment away.
And, fight the good fight however you choose to today, ensuring that tomorrow and every day thereafter, those around you know that women's rights are human rights and that we are all interlaced in a global community with the women striking across the planet.