Wednesday was International Women’s Day, but a number of women around the world feel as if the celebration was hijacked by biological males.
In the corporate world, Hershey’s received backlash from conservatives and traditional feminists alike for spotlighting a transgender woman in its “Her for She” campaign in Canada.
Then, a White House ceremony ostensibly designed to honor “extraordinary women from around the world who are working to build a brighter future for all” bestowed its “International Women of Courage” award to a biological male.
With first lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken on hand, an announcer offered a glowing assessment of Alba Rueda’s supposed accomplishments on behalf of women around the world.
The Argentine activist was described as a “transgender woman who was kicked out of classrooms, barred for sitting for exams, refused job opportunities, subjected to violence, and rejected by her family.”
As Rueda made her way to the podium to accept the award, the announcer added: “But in the face of these challenges, she worked to end violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ-plus community in Argentina.”
Various politicians and pundits weighed in with their thoughts about the State Department’s gender-fluid celebration of International Women’s Day.
International Women's Day: Not just for women anymore.
— Andrea Katherine (@AndreaKatSTL) March 8, 2023
“It’s International Women’s Day — a good time to remember that Democrats can’t even tell you what a woman is,” remarked Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Various other prominent figures from within the Biden administration issued statements or social media posts commemorating International Women’s Day despite previously being unable or unwilling to define what it means to be a woman.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was among the GOP critics who noted the perceived dangers of the current trend.
“Men and women are already equal under the law, but they have real biological differences that we must respect and celebrate,” she said. “By insisting that men can become women, the left is destroying what it means to be a woman and is pushing women and girls out of sports, public life, and positions of leadership.”
Blackburn’s colleague, Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL), offered her own assessment, explaining: “Throughout history, Alabama women have strengthened their communities, our state and our nation through everyday deeds and landmark achievements. These incredible women should be honored – not erased by a radical leftwing agenda.”