If you’re like me, your first impulses when reacting to the latest and even more ridiculous protest of radical feminists scheduled for this Wednesday, the so called “A Day Without A Woman,” may be to do one or all of the following:
- Roll your eyes and throw up your hands in disgust.
- Hurl something at the television as you watch yet one more biased news report claim all American females staunchly agree with the angry women involved in the so-called “A Day Without A Woman.”
- Or last but not least, simply pull the covers over your head and go back to bed hoping that when you wake up Thursday morning the world will be somewhat back to normal, if that’s even remotely possible.
“A Day Without A Woman” is an event where women, or should I say, some women are planning to walk off their jobs for a variety of reasons, including to continue their protest of the election results. Since 1909, according to the United Nations website, March 8th has been set aside as International Women’s Day: a day to mark the contributions of women to society around the globe. But now apparently, according to the same group that brought us the ranting and raving of the likes of Whoopi, Madonna, and Ashley Judd, on January 21st, this is a day for more kicking, screaming, and whining mostly again about politicians whom they detest and what they see as the need for birth control and abortion on demand.
Now while all of the above reactions listed are certainly understandable, and have been undertaken by yours truly more than once, (I’ve developed a very good pitching arm when it comes to the second reaction item), there are some better ways to respond to the latest extreme lefty shenanigans. There have been some real and very positive efforts occurring by some very real and positive women who believe that their identity is not wrapped up or directly tied to abortion, birth control, or their hate for particular people in office.
These are women who don’t want to take their concerns out on their employers or their children by abandoning their responsibilities for a day. These are women who believe in the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. These are women who believe in the dignity of all people, and respect the variety of roles women serve in both the home and the world.
Here are two very constructive and dignified ways to speak up this week about true feminism and womanhood:
- Women Speak for Themselves Gatherings: The Women Speak for Themselves ministry is the brainchild of Law Professor and Vatican Consultant, Helen Alvare. This wonderful organization has been with us for several years, and began as a response to the Health and Human Services Mandate imposed on religious institutions and Christian business owners under the Obama administration. This is a mandate that many of these entities are still fighting in the courts. The small group WSFT gatherings are designed to bring together women in a comfortable and non-threatening home setting to spread the truth about what Christ and His Church really teach and say about issues such as abortion, contraception, and marriage. The idea is to speak the truth in love, and is based on the knowledge that most people don’t really know what the Church teaches. They form their opinions and reactions most often, Lord help us, through something they’ve heard in the secular media. WSFT even provides topics, questions, and recipes. So, while others are grabbing their protest signs and taking to the streets in defiance, grab some friends and a bottle of vino and engage in fruitful discussions.
- Lady Day: Catholic blogger Colette Zimmermann came up with this idea to use the day to honor the Blessed Mother, as well as counter the upcoming strike. In a press release she raises some great questions that too many who are drinking the March 8th Madness Kool-Aid are choosing to ignore.
“But how many women can really skip work? What about mothers? What about nurses or any woman who works in society to help others? We can’t skip work! And furthermore, we don’t want to. Lady Day is a positive response, a day for us to celebrate God’s plan for women as pure and good.”
Suggestions for “Lady Day” include dressing up fashionably but modestly, and heading out the door for tea with friends, and then sharing thoughts and pictures of your tea time experience on Facebook and Twitter.
You can also join in a “Tweet Fest” on Wednesday, March 8th, celebrating authentic femininity and real womanhood by using #RealWomenDontQuit all over social media.
If you have another idea on how to productively spend “A Day Without A Woman,” pass it on. Perhaps you’re going to take your Mom out to lunch, or visit women in a nursing home. Maybe it’s a day to volunteer at the local pregnancy resource center, or to pray outside a local abortion facility. Speaking of abortion facilities, I wonder how many women will be walking off those jobs on Wednesday?
Whatever you do to counter the very destructive messages being promoted by radical feminists this week, as St. Peter tells us in 1st Peter 3:15, “do it with gentleness and reverence,” as challenging as it may be. And remember, as St. Francis de Sales said, we catch a lot more flies with honey than vinegar, and in our case maybe wine, cheese, and a good cup of hot tea.
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16 Ways to Counteract “A Day Without A Woman” – Patti Maguire Armstrong
A Day Without Women – Mary Beth Bonacci
Mulieris Dignitatem – On the Dignity & Vocation of Women – Pope St. John Paul II
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