Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day ? That will be £6 please

IWW ‘Bread and Roses’ Textile Strike in Lawrence, MA, 1912.
An article pubished today by a friend makes a good point about entry fee to celebrate women. She writes...

Three weeks ago I was invited to do a 15-minute TED-style talk at an upcoming International Women’s Day event that a local bar is organising. After they accepted my proposed topic, I received unexpected news that anyone wishing to attend would be charged £6 entry fee. This immediately made me feel uncomfortable, my initial thoughts being:
  • Why is there a door tax for an event that should be inclusive?
  • Why, if a fee is being charged, are the speakers not being paid?
  • Why is none of the entry fee being donated to a charity or campaign group that supports the aims and values of IWD?
“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
When we celebrate an event or occasion, we reflect on achievement, progress, a journey. There is performance, ritual, praise, we do something special in honour of the event in question. So to celebrate women we will look to the past to see how far (or not) we’ve come.
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