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    happy Day for all of you

    Today, Monday, I do not work. In fact, no one in Russia is working today if they can help it. Today is a national holiday, because yesterday was Women's Day. This is the Russian equivalent of Mother's Day and Valentines Day rolled into one. As a man, I was to give flowers to all the women I know, from my mother or my wife, to the women I work with, my female neighbours, every woman in Russia. The flower sales over the past few days were amazing. I am sure all of Holland, Ecuador, and Columbia are devoid of flowers now. The price of a long stem rose, usually $5, was $15, for one! I am surprised Hallmark doesn't know about this holiday yet!

    Russian women need a Woman's Day, as much, if not more than European/American women. Russian women received workplace equality many years ago, the de-population of this country after the revolution and the Nazis made it mandatory for everyone to work in the factories and fields of Russia. Of course this meant that the women plowed, planted, and harvested, while the men counted and planed (or so a Russian tale says), in addition to doing all the housework unaided by modern conveniences like microwave ovens and dishwashers.

    There was also a Men's day, actually Defender's Day, in salute to the Army, but it is nothing (nor a holiday) when compared to Women's Day. I guess we don't need an excuse to do nothing but drink and watch TV.

    5 Mar 1999, Hindustan Times

    Women's Day

    By Fred Weir

    MOSCOW -- Champagne, flowers, chocolates and copious vodka toasts will be lavished upon Russian women Monday as their menfolk scramble to make up for the previous 364 days of toil, tears and neglect. "But I'll still have to do the dishes, you can count on it,'' says Yelena Ponomaryova, a 32-year old secretary. "I really do look forward to seeing all the men be sweet for at least one day, though. It's better than nothing''.

    International Women's Day, March 8, was a key holiday on the Soviet calendar, an occasion to hail the struggle for women's emancipation. It has long since been stripped of even symbolic political content, but it is still enthusiastically celebrated as a kind of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day rolled into one.

    When the long weekend arrives, the price of flowers climbs precipitously as anxious men scurry about trying to secure the obligatory bouquets for the women in their lives. Vendors say a single rose will cost up to $25 in downtown Moscow on March 8 morning.

    The tradition is for families to feast together, and for men to shower gifts and praise upon mothers and wives. A giant banner strung across a street near the Kremlin for the occasion this year reads: "Congratulations dear ladies of Russia on March 8''. Many women complain, however, that between the kisses and toasts they will still have to do the cooking and cleaning. "Russia is a very male-centred society, and it's getting worse not better,'' says Alla Chirikova, a sociologist and author of a book on women trying to break into the business world. "Women's Day is, like so many aspects of male-female relations in Russia, full of hypocrisy''.

    Ms. Chirikova contends in her book that the market reforms of the post-Soviet era have created unprecedented opportunities for a small minority of Russian women. But she admits the picture for most is gloomy. "Unemployment wears a woman's face in Russia, and for women over the age of 40 there is simply no hope whatsoever,'' she says.

    Women made up 55 per cent of the Soviet-era workforce, and fully 60 per cent of all Russians with university degrees are female. But since reforms began in 1992 they have borne the brunt of layoffs. According to the Russian parliament 6.5-million Russian women -- about 30 per cent of all working age women -- are jobless today.

    "The attitude of the men who implemented economic reforms in this country was that women belong in the home, not the workplace,'' says Yelena Yershova, co-ordinator of the non-governmental Association of Women's Organisations. "They used this as an excuse to shut down the Soviet-era system of daycare centres and to cut funding for every program that provided even the slightest chance for women to be independent,'' she says. "A woman's life never had much sunshine, but things have gotten a lot darker''.

    Svetlana Kirilova, a 27-year old waitress, says she is on her feet constantly at work and at home, and she wishes her husband would be more understanding. But she adds: why blame Women's Day? "My husband won't lift a finger around our apartment. I have to do everything and it drives me crazy,'' she says. "One day a year he's as sweet as honey. He looks after our daughter while I sleep in, brings me flowers and tells me I'm beautiful.

    "It's a very nice day''.

    Moscow Times March 9, 1999

    Orthodox Russians Blast Holiday

    By Andrei Zolotov Jr. Staff Writer

    While Russia celebrated one of its favorite holidays, International Women's Day, on Monday, some Orthodox Russians were boycotting it and calling it dangerous. Despite the chocolates, flowers and glorification of women's traditional roles that are part of present-day March 8 celebrations in Russia, the holiday's left-wing, feminist origins are repulsive to the more traditionalist and patriarchal members of the church. With the growth of the church's arch-conservative wing in the past several years, there has been increased debate about whether members of the faith should celebrate March 8.

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    Silly holiday. I mean, the women get a holiday just for being women, whereas the men have to 'defend the fatherland' in order to get their holiday. Like any self-respecting man would join the army. It's not as if they get needed skillz, the GI Bill or even good old fashioned pillaging opportunities. Oh well, at least they aren't invading swarthier oil-rich republics as so-called crusaders for democracy (is that like Clowns for Christ?)

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