Today we wear red, because so many women cannot simply take a day off, stop working, ignore their responsibilities . . .
But that is just the point. Without women, this world would not function. We are the nurturers, the organizers, the mothers, the caregivers, the educators.
We are the doctors, the lawyers, the governors, the ceos, the judges, and (in places that are not the United States) the world leaders.
We are the backbone of society. We give birth, we give life. Even those of us who cannot have children, whether by a quirk of fate, a trans body, or simply no desire, still nurture this world in so many ways.
We are nurses, veterinarians, leaders of NGOs, teachers, charity workers, homemakers, housekeepers, and office workers. We are the field hands, the laborers, the mechanics, the carpenters, and the farmers.
There is a reason that governments want to control us. We contain the spirit and power of creation. We are artists, and thinkers. We have minds that are powerful and bodies that are strong.
We are religious leaders, motivators, life coaches. We are shopkeepers, sales people, and innovators.
We are everyewhere.
A day without women is . . . **
a day without heterosexual sex,
chaos and disorder
nothing gets done
a rude awakening
crashing down of half the sky
a day without air
**Thank you to my friends on Facebook who contributed ideas for this.
In reality, a day without women cannot happen. Just as a day without men, without diversity, without immigrants, without _____ cannot happen. That is the other point. We are all contributors to society. We all have value in society.
For that reason, we should all have the same rights as anyone else. We should have the same value as any other person in this world, regardless of how many dollar signs come after their names.
We could live in a world without money, because that is something human made, but we cannot live in a world without women.
So today, we–people of all gender identities, people who recognize the value of all living beings–wear red.