I grew up in culture that celebrates International Women’s Day. And I mean really celebrates it: flowers, chocolates and cliché online greeting cards included.
You see, “8th March” (as this occasion is known in Russian) is the Communists’ answer to Valentine’s Day.
And even though I am immensely grateful that the Communist era with its countless infringements of humans rights has passed, I am glad that “8th March” has outlived the Soviet Union and continues to be celebrated across the former Eastern Bloc. It is one of the very few things that the Communists got right and, in fact, I wish that the West would learn from them. Continue reading “Why We Should Celebrate International Women’s Day”