• How the U.S. Abandoned a Holiday it Helped Birth

    Today is a particularly extraordinary one. Today, March 8th, is the 43rd International Women’s Day (IWD) since its inaugural observance by the United Nations in 1975. As an American, I was completely unaware that this public, unofficial holiday even existed until one day, during my teenage years, I came across numerous images of mimosas (the flower, not cocktail!) on my Facebook feed. My Italian friends were congratulating and sending virtual mimosas to all of the women in their lives, including me, and I had no idea why. Since then, I’ve always wondered why we do not commemorate IWD in the States. Interestingly enough, I recently learned that the historic event…