Today is International Woman’s Day and it has got me thinking. Firstly, I’ve not seen anything about it on any media system and I have only been told about it by someone else. Is anything exactly done on this day? A quick Google search reveals that Hilary Clinton launches the 100th International Women’s day, and a memorial is being put into place for Mary Wollstonecraft, the first ‘feminist’.
Secondly, what does this day actually mean? Surely women should celebrate being a woman everyday or is this just some attempt by a patriarchal society to placate the women folk? Do not get me wrong, I’m not a feminist but though the literature I’ve had to read for my course I’ve become more aware of what it’s like to be a woman in society and while radical feminist want a female utopian society, I’m quite happy for just a little more equality in the world for everyone regardless of categories we like to place people in. The third thing, as a Pagan what is woman’s place within religious spheres? Paganism and Hinduism worship Goddesses while in the case of Roman and Greek pantheon treating their own women like dirt. Worshipping a Goddess does not necessary mean you treat women better, but the two are more likely to happen. While we have women priests, I do not think we are ever likely to have another female Pope after Pope Joan. Pope Joan allegedly reigned between 853 -855 AD, her true biological identity was only discovered as she give birth on horse back, where she was either killed by an angry mob or died of natural causes. Maybe today we give thanks to all the strong women who have gone before us, through struggle and sacrifice so our lives today are much more comfortable. Thank all of you, we salute you.