At my company, although I work for the audit group, I often get editing jobs from colleagues in other departments who need help. This also includes the Marketing department, which no doubt sends some interesting things, or at least marginally more interesting than audit. I don’t mind really — I’ll help out if I have the time and it is a nice break from all the financial jargon.
But today, on International Women’s Day, they really chose the wrong editor…
The Marketing people have been saying they want to ‘promote diversity’ in the firm, and of course one of the areas to do that is gender. There are a lot of female partners here, which is a big step up from the days when women in finance were all secretaries. The announcement they sent me to edit today was about International Women’s Day. It was just a first draft, but they intend to send it to all the China offices too. It was just so ridiculous, so offensive, so absolutely off the mark, so absolutely missed the point, that I simply had to paste it here on my blog for the world to see.
International Women’s Day – 8th March
1908 — 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
1910 — At a Working Women international conference in Copenhagen, an activist first proposes the idea of an International Women’s Day.
1911 — International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria , Denmark , Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
Today, International Women’s Day has gradually lost its political flavour, and became an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them. Do spend today to show your gratitude to the women whom you work with, whom you love, and whom you used to love. Give thanks for their feminine energy that brings flower power to our world, that nurture us and keep us smiling every day.
You are one classy lady aren’t you one? Thank you!
……… *blank stare*
Wait, what? WHAT? This must be a bad joke, right? This can’t seriously be an announcement to 2,000 staff members to raise awareness of women’s rights? An occasion for men to ‘express their love to women’? Isn’t that called VALENTINE’S DAY? Show your gratitude to the women whom you ‘used to love’? Is that what millions of women fought tooth and nail for — so that one day men would recognise and honour how super cool their ex-girlfriends are?
Best of all, after all this flaming pile of delusional crop, there was a list of suggestions on ways to celebrate women’s day by giving the women in your life ‘flowers, candies, and egg tarts’. Eggs tarts! WTF!
This is just great. Fantastic. We’ve gone from being called ‘tarts’ to receiving ‘tarts’ in celebration of 100 years of feminist activism. Where in the hell did we go so wrong? Hold me back… I suddenly feel the need to go and burn my bra….