It’s always Women’s Day at United States Herstory, but we’re more pumped than Leslie Knope on Galentine’s Day to celebrate it with all of you! For a quick refresher: the first women’s day started in 1909 in the streets of New York when 15,000 women marched for better pay, shorter days, and voting rights. Women’s Day caught on in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Well kiddos, we successfully accomplished one-third of that original mission, so today also happens to be #DayWithoutAWoman. Day Without a Woman urges women to not work and to avoid shopping online or in stores (except for women-owned and local stores that support Day Without a Woman). Much like the original Women’s Day, #DayWithoutAWoman was organized to illustrate the value of women and their contributions to society.
Who better to highlight International Women’s Day and the spirit of #DayWithoutAWoman than our favorite Auntie Maxine Waters! Auntie Waters, is your favorite aunt who you only see at Thanksgiving, and who probably eats dessert first and the actual meal last because Auntie Waters does not give AF. Auntie Waters knows everybody’s business without you actually telling her what’s going on, and she has a black belt in throwing shade. If Auntie Waters were your spirit animal, she would be described as part unicorn, honey badger, and narwhal – a magical, mythical, fierce creature who cannot be tamed.
Much like #DayWithoutAWoman urges us to do, Representative Waters (her day job is U.S. Representative of California) recently completely skipped Trump’s first joint session, “And so I don’t go to these ceremonial events where you’re praising and honoring and exchanging niceties. And for those people who say, ‘Oh, he became presidential,’ he did not. He cannot become presidential. He is who he is.”
Auntie Waters is reminding everyone – especially young people – to stay woke! And she should know because this is not Representative Waters’s first rodeo. Maxine Waters, born in 1938, moved to Los Angeles in her twenties, worked as a garment factory employee, telephone operator, and assistant teacher. Maxine Waters has served as a U.S. Representative for California since 1991 and is the most senior of the 12 black women serving in Congress. She has been vocal on many topics including employment, the Iraq War, relations with Cuba, and our current political times.
Here are our favorite Maxine Waters’s quotes.
This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell … and I intend to help them get there.
I have a right to my anger, and I don’t want anybody telling me I shouldn’t be, that it’s not nice to be, and that something’s wrong with me because I get angry.
Policy, for the most part, has been made by white people in America, not by people of color. And they have tended to take care of those things that they think are important. Whether it’s their agricultural subsidies, or other kinds of expenditures that are certainly not expenditures for poor people or for people of color. And so we have to band together and keep fighting back.
God bless you, Auntie Maxine Waters.
Are you taking off work today to support #DayWithoutAWoman? We’ve got some fun resources for you to check out while you’re not working!
- Check out our friends at Waffles Friends Work: A Parks & Recreation Podcast – they deconstruct episodes of Parks and Rec and interview real life Leslie Knopes
- Sent in by our friend Mejjama – A Restaging of the Presidential Debates with the genders swapped
- Women Owned Businesses protesting Trump courtesy of Teen Vogue (our favorite teen mag!)