Annabel Denham

The problem with International Women’s Day

Swimmers take to the North Sea to celebrate International Women’s Day (Getty images)

Am I the only one wondering how long it’ll be before the organisers of International Women’s Day are forced to rename their campaign? How, depending on what they mean by ‘women’, it’ll need to be called ‘International People-with-a-cervix Day’ or ‘International People-who-identify-as-a-woman Day?’

Quite what the founders – a group of American workers who back in 1909 demanded shorter hours, better pay and voting rights – would make of the word ‘woman’ being gradually pushed out of the lexicon as a meaningful term we will never know.

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