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In light of International Women’s Day: Modern bridal and baby showers
(An original essay by Ria)
This past Monday, we had (another) bridal shower for one of our female co-workers. At our office, the environment is very cordial, and we tend to make a big deal about celebrations. For the past two weeks, my female counterparts spent many hours planning Monday’s shower, pooled monies together for many gifts off the registry, and made many trips to Party Depot for decorations we’d use once then throw away. But it seems unfair and incongruous to me, that in 2013, we still idolize and celebrate marriage and babies as a woman’s height of achievement – particularly, in the workplace, to boot.
Every shower (bridal or baby) at the office fills me with a pang of anxiety – another $20-40 squeezed out of my already-tight budget. The obligatory and the vapid consumeristic bent of it all bothers me. If I don’t buy anything, I might be perceived as a tightwad and unfriendly co-worker…so I spend a solid hour doing some “budgeting jiu jitsu” (as my friend LDB would say), take a deep breath, and hope for the best. Before you call me a cheapskate, I don’t even buy gifts anymore for my family or friends during Christmas – it’s simply not in the budget. Instead, I try to give the gift of my presence, my time, and my love. Nevertheless, I go ahead and buy stuff off the registry, due to the overwhelming obligation of being a good colleague.
Personally, I don’t plan on having children or getting married anytime soon. Regardless of your motherhood or relational status, these bridal and baby shower traditions seem very dated and unfair to women who choose to not to get married and/or have children. Where are our showers? For being a philanthropist? For becoming a homeowner? For achieving that promotion? And so on.
Furthermore, I feel I would be shunned for expressing these views, because I am an unmarried, without children – I must merely be jealous.
You know what though? It frustrates me – that as a woman who has worked hard her entire life and fought tooth and nail – to get an (expletive) education and get a job, so I wouldn’t have to get married and have children just to have a life to call my own – that in today’s modern office, bridal and baby showers are still the gold medals of womanhood.
In light of International Women’s Day tomorrow, these are some thoughts I have. We’ve come so far, but we have many miles ahead. I am wholly thankful for the sacrifices that my foremothers made so that I can have a career and a fulfilling life of my own – a life where I can choose marriage and motherhood – not merely because that is the only option available to me to survive. And that was the story of my grandmother, who grew up poor and uneducated in SE Asia. Tough as nails, and I love her.
This was the last known photograph taken of Dr. Anna J. Cooper in her Washington, D.C. home.
Scurlock Studio, photographers, ca. 1964
Dr. Cooper was an American scholar and educator. Born a slave in Raleigh, North Carolina, when she earned her PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, Dr. Cooper became the fourth African-American woman to earn a doctoral degree.
A Real Conversation about International Women's Day
- Male colleague: It's International Women's Day? (laughter) I didn't know that…so when's Men's Day?
- Me: (Internally, I'm thinking: I think he's trying to be snarky and innocuously so)…
- Me: Everyday. Everyday is "International Men's Day."
- I don't think the msg. went through, but point for me. Seriously – those who are privileged often don't know what it's like to not be. Don't get me wrong, I believe that there are great self-aware, pro-feminist/women people (men and women, and rich and poor alike). But these kinds of statements serve as reminders to me of how far we still need to go.
This Thursday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day and an opportunity to remember and honor all the ways women make a difference in our families, communities, and countries.
I attended a women’s conference recently where we candidly discussed “the state of women’s rights…and is feminism the new ‘f’ word?” Even though we may think we have “won” - we have made progress for sure, in the States - the fight is not over.
But today, I want to take a posture of gratitude. Thank you to all the women who’ve gone before me. Because of them, I am able to work, freely move about, and be something other than a nurse, secretary, or wife (if I choose, that is).
Source: The Huffington Post
Celebrating Working Women: International Women’s Day
Kronos and Xplane created this video in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th). The purpose of this video is to provide viewers with a look at several interesting facts and statistics about the changes and developments that have impacted women in the workforce