I just saw an ad for a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. This reminded me that International Women’s day is coming up (March 8th), and this in turn reminded me of something I’ve been made aware of in recent years:
In some countries, International Women’s Day is celebrated by giving flowers to women.
To me this seems weird. It’s not what I grew up to understand that the day was about. It’s about celebrating the achievements of women, and about the struggle for gender equality. For me, it was never about men showing their appreciation for women.
Then again, that’s me, and apparently there are plenty of others who feel different.
Essentially, I too wanted to give flowers to the women around me, but it felt wrong to do it on International Women’s day. I would also need a whole lot of flowers, which I didn’t have, and which I couldn’t quite afford buying.
Instead, I waited until the day after (March 9th), and then I drew flowers for everyone. Simple basic flowers. Pen on paper. Nothing fancy. For each flower I drew I wrote a small dedication, took a photo of the drawing with my phone, and sent the photo to the friend I’d drawn the flower for.
I don’t remember how many I did, but I know there were a lot of them, and most of my friends seemed very happy about it.
I’m going to try to do the same thing this year, and I’m going to try and encourage others to do the same. Also, this isn’t really about women – it’s about showing some appreciations for your friends.