Why are there no major national holidays celebrating the accomplishments of women?
You can't count Mother's Day because that is just a greeting card holiday based on an accident of biology. Can you name an important female past or present who deserves a national holiday? And by holiday I mean, banks and government offices are closed.
Madonna, of course.
Perhaps because women are an overwhelming majority in the United States, we live in a matriarchal society and the fact women are praised every. single. fucking. DAY.
EVERY holiday seems to revolve around women, it's all about what to buy 'her'.
Now off you go OP, back to the MichFest forums.
Labor Day is a woman's holiday. Isn't it?
Today and Veterans' Day OP
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You haven't heard of International Women's Day? It's a global holiday.
How about Mother's Day -- we celebrate women on that day! At least the one's who are fertile and not barren, or the one's who adopt a United Colors of Benetton commercial family (one from each continent)
Victoria Day is such a holiday.
OP, surely you realise that women have been held back for centuries by patriarchy, so there is very little to celebrate because women have been prevented from making as many achievements as males.
[quote] You haven't heard of International Women's Day? It's a global holiday.
In which countries is it a holiday?
As of 2009, the American female population was 50.7%, hardly an "overwhelming" majority. Not surprisingly, the rest of r1's post is bullshit as well.
They get to bake a turkey every Thanksgiving. What more do they need?
There are 4 months with no federal holiday: March, April, June and August. But with Easter hitting either in March or April and Father's Day popping up in June, that leaves August with no holiday of any kind. And it's a long stretch from Independence Day to Labor Day. So how about a Monday in the first or second week of August -- it would give retail outlets an end of summer/back to school three day weekend.
"it would give retail outlets an end of summer/back to school three day weekend."
Ah, the true meaning of holidays....
[quote] Why are there no major national holidays celebrating the accomplishments of women?
Because of a lack of accomplishments meriting a holiday, silly. Losing weight, developing crackle voice, and not menstruating on the carpet simply aren't enough.
"Perhaps because women are an overwhelming majority in the United States, we live in a matriarchal society and the fact women are praised every. single. fucking. DAY."
[quote]Can you name an important female past or present who deserves a national holiday?
Not in American history, no. Only one individual in 150 years has merited a major national holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. No woman has come close to his level of achievement either as a leader or as a symbol ... nor, for that matter, has any white man since Lincoln.
R20. Eer heard of Washington's Birthday or Lincoln's Birthday. Both days were/are holidays that celebrated an individual man, well until they went and fucked us out of a holiday with Presidents Day.
Valentine's Day is a high holy day in heterosexuality, whereby men offer expensive meals out, chocolate,significant jewelry, and items from Victoria's Secret in return for oral and sometimes even anal sex from the women in their lives.
Gay men have no cultural equivalent.
Maybe there aren't federal/state holidays for women because holidays are voted into law mostly by the male dominated congress. They don't like giving holidays out willy-nilly, so they few that are approved go to men.
Having said that, I'd vote for Alice Paul and all the suffragettes who fought for decades to get the vote for women.
May 12 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
What did women do? It wasn't Christine Columbus? It was Einstina, it wasn't Nelly Armstrong. When women start doing things, let's celebrate, but don't make up something to be PC
No holidays celebrating women? That will change soon; just wait a bit.
[quote]So how about a Monday in the first or second week of August
Corresponding with Michfest.
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You know, a Marie Curie or Rosa Parks Day would be nice. Why not celebrate a female scientist or womanly courage?
But I'd guess the first woman who might get a holiday will be a Christian saint icon like Mother Teresa. Or the Queen of Hearts, Princess Di.
What R2 said.
Women can design pretty dresses. Let's make a Coco Chanel Day or Edith Head Day.
Black History is celebrated during the shortest month of the year.
Well, r25, we don't exaclty celebrate Einstein, either.
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
What about Eleanor Roosevelt Day? Some day in March.
Who gives a shit about women?
[quote]Black History is celebrated during the shortest month of the year.
True, but the festivities start on MLK's B-Day in mid-January, effectively giving them six weeks.
Okay, OP. How about Sumbitch Day tucked at the end of February.
Columbus Day used to be hardly celebrated, then as the Hispanic population grew, attacked as a memorial to genocide. But now that Jews have more or less proved that Columbus was a Spanish crypto-Jew and not Italian, and furthermore a sizeable number of Hispanics are pro-Columbus, expect this one to grow in popularity. In ten years it will be one of our biggest holidays.
[quote]Black History is celebrated during the shortest month of the year.
Would two or three more days of celebrating Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Louis Armstrong, and that guy who invented the biscuit cutter make that much of a difference?
Why would the USA celebrate Marie Curie? She was born in Poland and worked in France.
A black guy invented the biscuit cutter?
Rosa Parks Day is an excellent idea!
What about a day celebrating Jocelyn Elders?
Can we posthumously stop worshipping George Washington Carver now that we know that peanuts are EVIL?
Peanuts aren't evil, R43!
They're just misunderstood.
The black guy invented the cutter for Oreos.
I wonder if there will ever be a gay history month?
Hopefully not for a while. I don't want thirty days of Perez Hilton and Andy Cohen documentaries, drag shows and Rufus Wainright music videos.
r48, there is a Gay History Month: October.
Peanuts may be evil, they're certainly incognito. They aren't peas or nuts.
Susan B. Anthony came as close as getting her own coin (which no one uses).
The suffragettes in general were rather important, especially as many of them were also abolitionists.
Then there are more modern pioneers who have left lasting legacies, such as environmental pioneer Rachel Carson.
None yet deemed important enough to have their own holiday, though. Perhaps someday, who knows. DL really isn't the forum to have a meaningful discussion about this, or any other topic about women beyond Best Actress statuettes.
Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Eleanor Roosevelt are the only reasonable choices so far. Maybe they could combine them into some sort of holiday.
[quote]Susan B. Anthony came as close as getting her own coin (which no one uses).
Like Sacajawea, they "honor" her by putting her on a coin that makes people think, "Oh, hell, not one of those!" Getting back six or seven of them in change from a vending machine is as good as getting robbed.
OP: Is there a men's national holiday?
Today is international women's day
remember that poster who once said something like "it's national punch a cunt day"?
Think of it this way, every man has a mother.
Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish new month, is a holiday for women.
Nance from Delray
Rosa Parks, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price. Woman, Black, Brave, Talented, National Tresures.