I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is both Mardi Gras and International Women’s Day. While Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) is in theory a Catholic event, a last bout of frivolity and excess before the beginning of Lent, many have pointed to the pre-Christian precedents (notably Saturnalia and Bacchanalia) for the holiday’s traditions of role-reversals, boundary crossing, nods to fertility traditions, and seasonal rites.
International Women’s Day, founded 100 years ago by the Socialist Party of America, is an international celebration “when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” Many different observances and events are planned for this day, including meeting on bridges to show support and solidarity for women’s causes and rights around the world. Both Air India and Air France are flying “100% female-operated” flights today, and there are thousands of different observances going on as we speak. Here’s a message from UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet on this International Women’s Day.
As a community that worships, honors, walks with, and exalts goddesses, the feminine divine, this is a special moment for us to remember that furthering the causes of justice, equality, and respect for all women is sacred work.