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Why 'Women's Day must fall'

The 9th August is Women’s Day, a day established to commemorate the Women’s March to the Union buildings in 1956 and the dedication shown by thousands of women 59 years ago.

There’s been some very outspoken women this past week who say that Women’s Day is no longer about commemorating 1956 and paying tribute to that generation. It’s more about pink drinks, marketing and it’s all a bit superficial.

One of the women having a rant about Women’s Day is the author of an article that has gone viral – entitled 'Take Your Women’s Day and Shove it'. It’s also seen the hashtag #WomensDayMustFall picking up momentum.

Author Helen Moffett has penned a particularly angry column full of capital letters and swear words – the essence of which is that government should take it’s “pathetic, meaningless, mind-blowingly expensive and stomach-churningly patronising Women’s Day and cancel it”.

Helen Moffet spoke to Mandy Wiener about why she feels that instead of the jamborees and a long weekend of more boozing and beatings and rapes, take the money and fund organisations like Rape Crisis.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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