I wondered where this International Women’s Day (March 8th) came from, but I had a hint from a book I read on Gorbachev had him making a speech on March 8, Women’s Day, a minor holiday in the Soviet Union. It was a telling hint. Here’s what the IWD web site says (my emphasis):
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually.
In fact, the origin of a special “women’s day” came from the United States Socialist Party; the date March 8 in the Gregorian calendar was the first 1917 revolution in Russia (which was in February in the old Russian calendar, hence the term the February Revolution) which was started or abetted by a women’s strike. It also is a unofficial holiday in the Soviet Union (check out the Soviet poster at this site) and in these nations, many of whom are avatars of liberty:
IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
And we have the UN involved as well!
For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations.
Not surprisingly, President Obama also celebrated it this year:
In the United States and around the world, we will not rest until our mothers, sisters and daughters assume their rightful place as full and equal members of a secure, prosperous and just world.
I suggest that women in USA have complete equal rights under law and perhaps some rights they should not have – fighting in war is one example! Nevertheless, the President elaborated on this today in his weekly address celebrating the related women’s month “event”. If you heard it or read it, you would think our treatment of women is caveman-based. The President starts with Eleanor Roosevelt:
In 1961, the former First Lady was unhappy about the lack of women in government, so she marched up to President Kennedy and handed him a three-page list of women who were qualified for top posts in his administration. This led the President to select Mrs. Roosevelt as the head of a new commission to look at the status of women in America, and the unfairness they routinely faced in their lives.
After discussing briefly some positive news, President Obama turns to shortcomings:
Yet, there are also reminders of how much work remains to be done. Women are still more likely to live in poverty in this country. In education, there are areas like math and engineering where women are vastly outnumbered by their male counterparts. This is especially troubling, for we know that to compete with nations around the world, these are the fields in which we need to harness the talents of all our people. That’s how we’ll win the future.
He sounds like this nation routinely holds back women from higher education and forces them to live in poverty. Another apology for the USA! But there’s more:
And, today, women still earn on average only about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. That’s a huge discrepancy. And at a time when folks across this country are struggling to make ends meet – and many families are just trying to get by on one paycheck after a job loss – it’s a reminder that achieving equal pay for equal work isn’t just a women’s issue. It’s a family issue.
This is more bad statistics, according to this article on CNET. Steve Tobak demolished the false “wage gap” and explains it. It’s like the global warming “science”; create a problem and then solve it with a huge government program. But the President continues unimpeded into the latest unneeded regulation, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act:
That’s why I was so disappointed when an important bill to give women more power to stop pay disparities – the Paycheck Fairness Act – was blocked by just two votes in the Senate. And that’s why I’m going to keep up the fight to pass the reforms in that bill.
Do you want your co-workers to find out what you make? That is one of the goals of the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act (It ought to be called the Mind Your Co-Workers Business and Increase Paperwork for Business Act); don’t take my word on it, take the word of the National Committee on Pay Equity (the so-called “fact sheet” is from the National Women’s Law Center):
The Paycheck Fairness Act allows victims of wage discrimination based on gender to receive full
compensatory and punitive damages, as opposed to only liquidated damages and back pay awards, putting
gender-based wage discrimination on equal footing with discrimination based on race and ethnicity.
After a claim that it allows class action suits, the Mind Your Co-Workers Business and Increase Paperwork for Business Act, will also do the following:
The Act would close loopholes in how discrimination is counted by clarifying that a gender differential in
pay within a company need not be within the same facility to count as discrimination, and by tightening
the rules concerning defense of a gendered pay differential that employers claim is not due to sex.
The Act would facilitate detection of pay discrimination by prohibiting punishment of employees who
share salary information with coworkers, by requiring employers to submit pay data by race, sex, and
national origin to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and by reinstating collection of
gender-based data in the Current Employment Statistics Survey.
Isn’t this a wonderful liberty-based bill? It will do one more thing: Quotas. All those statistics amid the threat of a CLASS ACTION suit with no defense that different factories ought to be treated different for pay due to the standard of living will result in quotas – reverse discrimination. I am glad the GOP was able to stop that bill.
Did any President recognize IWD before the present one? I am afraid so, Bush II did. How about Bill Clinton? I could not find a Presidential era reference. Let’s hope that President Paul (or President Bachmann, our first female President) can be persuaded by the former blogger now Assistant White House Counsel to drop this commie holiday once and for all. That’s an executive order I could support with alacrity.