In a world where women still fight for equality every day, where people who are not women think they’ve the right to make decisions about women, our bodies, our freedoms, our education, and whether we should be allowed to do the same things men do, or be paid the same as a man for the same job, we still have a long way to go. We celebrate each other on International Women’s Day by speaking of the accomplishments of those who came before us, and what we’ve yet to do to maintain our rights and achieve true equality. There are reminders every day of the road ahead, and of the additional difficulties women of color, and other heritages face; our gender suffers inequality within itself. In America, we might be lucky to escape The Handmaid’s Tale‘s horrors, but as Margaret Atwood has noted, outside our borders others are not.
This quick Season 2 tease finds June going over the things she’s told — expected — to do; fall in line, wear the prescribed uniform, obey her orders, but by the end of her recitation, June stops to posit a question — one we real-world women find ourselves asking a lot these days.
Despite the horrific imagery, I take heart in our hero’s bloody state.
Happy International Women’s Day, indeed.
The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu, April 25th.