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National “Insulting to Women” Day … Thanks But No Thanks

Posted on April 21 2010 4:32 pm
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Today is National Administrative Professional’s Day.  There is much that bothers me about this.  This “holiday” started in 1952 as Secretary’s Day, and was designed to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.

This has to be the most misguided and sexist holiday ever.  Regardless of the ridiculous fact that the holiday name was eventually converted in our politically correct world to the more “acceptable, non-offensive” Administrative Professional … it is still offensive.   It is offensive to women.  The entire notion is pejorative in its very nature.

Don’t get me wrong,  I appreciate assistants and secretaries as much as the next gal.  Back in the day I personally had some really great help in this category … wonderful secretary/assistants who made coffee, opened the mail, screened my calls, made my travel arrangements, you name it.   I also  tried to demonstrate my appreciation in an ongoing and regular manner to the terrific mostly-but-not-all women who worked for me.

But this is a holiday where the recommended course of action is:

giving one’s assistant gifts such as flowers, candy, trinkets, lunch at a restaurant, or time off.

I don’t know about you but those all sound rather “girly” to me.  Would that be because most administrative professionals are women?  Or would that be because most bosses are men? Even when I WAS a secretary I thought this holiday was insulting, as though administrative assistants are “little women” who need to be emotionally shored up once a year.

What’s next?  Stay-at-Home Mom Day?  Good Little Wife Day? Girls Who Work at Hooters Day? ALL working women are under-appreciated at most levels.  We work hard, we care for ourselves and our families, we are sometimes both the emotional and financial backbone of the family.  This is cause for celebration and appreciation every day.  But don’t insult our intelligence with a special “day” replete with flowers, candy and trinkets.

Next year let’s plan to celebrate “Get a Clue” day instead.

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