You say you need to be treated as equals and still insist on having a special day for being a woman ?
Why should there be a special day for women? I don't see any fuss about Men's day. Is it because we live in a so called 'Man's world'?! I think its utter blasphemy. Why, because we are as special and as ordinary as the men around us. So why in the world do you want a "special day as a token for being a woman"?
I'm aware of the harassment a woman has to face in this world and making a day especially for her, feels somehow as a consolation prize for all the pain she endured. Women's day does not seem to alleviate the woes of a homeless woman or the scars of a rape victim.
I wish there were no embarrassing days like these.
I see some people stressing on the fact that they Have to celebrate this particular day. What I don't understand is why can't you celebrate all your days? Be empowered, be aware and educate like on women's day, love and respect your parents like on mother's day/father's day. Send flowers or do any acts of love to the love of your life not just on February 14th. Indulge with your sister/brother this weekend. Be a good friend all round the year not just for friendship's day. It looks like we have come to a stage where these days act as a reminder and it is sad.
Why concentrate on just ONE day?
Celebrate that you exist, not just on some random days to remind you that you are a woman or a mother/father or a sibling or a friend or a lover! Be the wonderful person that you are. And most importantly, you really don't need a day to celebrate when you can have the whole of your existence!
I sometimes wish we lived in simpler times when we didn't have any of these fancy celebration days. All that you can look forward to is a birthday or an anniversary or the many colorful festivals. Atleast, we know that something substantial happened!