March 8th is International Women’s Day, and on this day and in this month, our major question, answered in a skein of yarn, is (still and always) Only One Day?! That’s what we get? We deserve more, don’t you think?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day, first observed in 1911, celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world. The day is not country, group, or organization-specific, but rather marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme this year is #balanceforbetter, an effort to deepen gender balance and equality in all aspects of life, all around the world. In order to show support for IWD, the organizers ask that folks share photos of themselves on social media, hands out, palms up, as if balancing two equal weights. The #balanceforbetter effort is a year-long one.
In light of the conversations surrounding race and white supremacy that have been occurring in our fiber arts community, as well as in the greater world, we are asking all of our Sassy Holidays participants to bring a strong intersectional focus to their celebrations of IWD this year (and every year). Let’s all work toward a reality in which ALL women are experiencing the same balance. All of this starts with us, with a commitment to intersectional feminism. Let’s work together, and ensure that it’s not for Only One Day that we focus on balance, but a renewed life-long commitment to true equity and parity. And, while we work on our intersectional feminism, we can enjoy knitting our skeins of Only One Day?!