In 2016 woman can more than conduct their own affairs, choose whether to marry or not get married at all, they know how to take control of their lives and are encouraged to do so. Woman can ask for a pay rise, a promotion, decide when they want to become mothers and when to ask for a divorce.
But there is still a stigma about a woman asking a man to marry her as opposed to the traditional opposite. Many woman shudder at the thought of having to ask. However, ladies taking the reigns in a proposal of matrimony have their very own day, and today is that day!
2016 is a leap year and the 29th of February is officially recognised as the day when a woman can ask her beau to marry her.
This is the time when all the Muriel’s and Bridget Jones’s out there can take control of their own destiny and get the marriage ball rolling. Interestingly, it was another Bridget who got the ball rolling.
No, not that Bridget!
A nun named St Bridget in fifth century Ireland, complained that woman were tired of waiting for men to ask them, so St Patrick decided to help, decreeing that once every four years there was a day when they could.
Back in 1288, the Scots passed a law that allowed a woman to propose marriage to the man of their dreams in a Leap Year with the law also stating that any man who declined the proposal on this day would have to pay a fine. The fine to be paid if a man declined could range from a silk dress or a pair of gloves. Seems like a fair deal.
There was a rule implemented that all those women proposing must wear a red petticoat while doing so, to give her suitor a heads up about what she was about to ask, giving him enough time to either prepare his acceptance speech or head for the hills.
If you are one of the ladies who is over the waiting game then forget about the stigma, go for it! And you are in good company! Behold a list of famous woman who took the initiative to transition from girlfriend to fiancé:
Pink knows how to get the party and the marriage started.
Pink made a series of signs for her proposal to motocross star Carey Hart. She stood at the sidelines of the Pro 250 class finals in 2005 and held up the first sign asking, “Will U Marry Me?” The next sign asked the question again and added, “I’m serious!”
Kristen Bell forgot all about Sarah Marshall and tradition.
After gay marriage was legalized in America, Kristen Bell proposed to her longtime boyfriend, actor Dax Shepard, over Twitter with: “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove.”
Hollywoods biggest star wasn’t scared of life biggest proposals.
Elizabeth Taylor proposed to British actor Michael Wilding in 1952.
Zsa Zsa knew a thing or nine about marriage.
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is as famous for being an actress as she is famous for being married — she is currently on her 9th husband and claims she proposed to every single one of her husbands. Zsa Zsa said “I pay all my own bills … I want to choose the man. I do not permit men to choose me.”
‘Aaannd I am TEEEEELING You, We’re getting married!!’
Jennifer Hudson decided to have a ring made for and proposed to her man David.
From the runway to the marriage alter, Diane is a boss.
Diane Von Furstenberg proposed as a gift. She said ‘ One year I didn’t know what to give him for his birthday and I called him and said, ‘You know, if you want, for your birthday I’ll marry you.’
So you see, theres nothing to it! Can you really put it off for another four years!? Nope, seize the day, pop the question! Just remember the red peticoat.