Today is International Women's Day. There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea "let's celebrate women" -- in fact, that's a great idea, and shouldn't be confined to just one day. (For that matter, we should celebrate men, too, and in fact, all humans.) But the trouble with one day designated for that purpose means that, implicitly, we're not doing that in the overall, are we? If we need to call it a day, there's trouble afoot. Beyond that, the way that many people are going about this "celebration" -- and, we're not criticizing their intentions, which seem good, but the way in which those intentions are playing out -- often seems to belittle the women they attempt to support.
Take today's Google Doodle. Thank you, Google, for doodling for women. But could the Doodle, maybe, have gone further than a flower and purply-pastels and the symbol of "woman"? If we resort to these clichés, are we really progressing beyond a rote celebration of stereotypes and assumptions about ladies? Other International Women's celebrations involve taking the day off (this seems a weird way to promote gender equality, which of course should include workplace equality); giving flowers to women (because women like flowers!); wearing red lipstick via the "Rock the Lips" campaign, which asks women to "turn our offices, streets, buses, cities, countries, and the world into a sea of power pouts to celebrate International Women's Day." And cupcakes. Oh, the cupcakes.