Ok, I admit it. I forgot to wear red today. It was an honest mistake, I didn’t even realize wearing red was a thing for National Women’s Day until I left the house this morning, and to be honest, I don’t even know if it’s appropriate for me to do so. On one hand, I want to show solidarity with women. But I also don’t want to cheapen or misappropriate the symbol, or claim that I, in any way, understand the plight.

But let’s get down to brass tacks. You don’t have to go too far to see how much bullshit women have had to put up with. Simply watch some “classic” television, like Leave It to Beaver, or The Donna Reed show, and you’ll notice that a woman’s place was clearly in the home, subservient to her breadwinner husband, and her main role was to ensure the proper upbringing of her offspring. It took shows like Mary Tyler Moore to address the issue, which went on the air in 1970 – less than 50 years ago.

Despite making up more than 50% of the nation’s populace, women are grossly underrepresented in politics as well as in executive positions. The United States has never had a female president, and the 115th U.S. Congress has just 83 women in the House, and 21 in the Senate (of 100). That’s just 19% representation. Women didn’t even get the right to vote in the U.S. until August 18, 1920.

I was going to point out that there have been many great accomplishments by women, but screw that. Women don’t need to justify themselves to be treated as equals. That’s not how civilization works. Yes, there are many great women out there, and their accomplishments should not be diminished, but no woman needs to prove herself to deserve equal common rights.

And to all women out there, I simply want to say thank you for doing everything you’re doing to make the world less shitty.