February 14th is coming up faster than your single friends can say “oh, I didn’t even notice today was Valentine’s Day” and no one is more excited than Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on 30 Rock. But it’s not because she’s dating James Marsden this season. Nope, it’s because it’s Anna Howard Shaw Day, Liz’s Valentine’s Day substitute for all the single women out there.
As usual Liz Lemon’s a trailblazer when it comes to carving out alternatives for women — and Valentine’s Day is no exception. In fact Liz’s Valentine’s Days always seems to end up being pretty alternative. On our first ever Anna Howard Shaw day with Liz in 2010, she ended up hallucinating at the dentist’s office, introducing us to Astronaut Mike Dexter and falling in love.
The best part of Anna Howard Shaw Day is that Anna Howard Shaw was a real, live women’s civil right leader born on February 14th. So watching tonight’s hour long 30 Rock Valentine’s Day episode is basically the same thing as watching a History Channel special. In fact, it might even be the equivalent of getting a bachelors degree in history. But don’t quote me on that.
How will she be celebrating this year now that’s dating someone? We’ll have to to watch to find out.
In the meantime, if you need a little more information on the origins of Anna Howard Shaw Day check out this 30 Rock clip.
Happy Anna Howard Shaw day to us all!