I am just a girl, what would I know? I wear pretty pink bows and smile politely. I must remember to always use my manners and never go out after dark or walk alone. I am just a girl, I couldn’t possibly have anything intelligent to say, but I can bake a fabulous apple pie. I must remember my place is in the kitchen, my mission to look pretty at all times and make sure the house sparkles too . . . . . Yeah right!!!!!! Sorry, not sorry, but those days are long gone! I am a woman with a voice, and with a choice, this is my life and no one is going to control me.
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and I could not let the day pass without acknowledging how proud I am to be a woman, and how proud I am of all the amazing strong woman in my life. In a recent post I spoke openly about my pride of being a feminist and why I choose to call myself a feminist so I won’t go into that except to say that if you haven’t read that post you can do so by clicking HERE.
“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
International Women’s day is a global day in which we can acknowledge and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of some extremely inspirational women, from women in our past and the women still fighting today for equality for all. It is all too easy to sit back today and take for granted the privileges we have, but even as a white women in a privileged country I can honestly say I have been judged because I am a girl/woman. I want to be seen as an equal, just as I want my daughters to be seen as equals, but it goes beyond my own personal stories of hardship as a woman, the inappropriate comments, groping and abuse I have endured. My heart goes out to the women in countries where they still have no rights, where they are traded like a commodity, or married off when they are still barely a teen. I am blessed to have made those choices for myself, many women and young girls do not get given a choice and we cannot sit here in our privileged country and pretend that isn’t going on!
“Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom”.
International Women’s day is not about putting men down, or saying we are the better, stronger, smarter gender, it is not about hating men, or blaming them for anything bad in our world. It is a day to acknowledge that women of yesteryear have had to fight, and even die to make this world a better place for us women who live now with the right to vote, the right to work, the right to birth control, the right to say no to sex! It is about thanking those women, and it is about us uniting as women and men and saying that everyone deserves to be treated with decency, respect and care. It is about saying no to abuse, oppression, violence and inequality.
“I do not wish women to have power over men;
but over themselves.”
I will leave you with this, we may not be able to make massive changes the world when we go it alone, but with women by our side united in sisterhood we can sure make a huge difference together!
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