National Days

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Thanks to the folks at National Day Calendar, we now know today is National Webmistress Day, National Dog Day, National Women’s Equality Day, and National Cherry Popsicle Day.

As is obvious, these national celebrations veer from serious to ridiculous.

National Women’a Equality Day came about because Congress passed the 19th Amendment on this day in 1920. Of course in the eighty-six years since, we still have not achieved equality in pay, political representation, or pretty much any other segment of life. U.S. Representative Bella Abzug put the ball in motion to establish the day in 1971. The National Day Calendar folks suggest that we observe it by learning more about the movement and the 19th Amendment.

National WebMistresses Day shouldn’t fall into the shadow of Equality Day. The blurb says the term is twenty years old, but the day was established in June of this year, so shouldn’t it be celebrated then? Plus, couldn’t they find a better title?

National Dog Day has a useful purpose – to encourage dog ownership. It really should be National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. As for celebrating with photos on social media – um, no. Taking a walk with a dog or volunteering at a shelter, yes.

National Cherry Popsicle Day seems  just crass commercialism, since the celebration involves buying stuff.

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