Every year, on the 8th March , women around the world are celebrated for International Women’s Day, a tradition that started around 1911.
Every year, I message my friends and close women that I look up to, to wish them good wishes and show my appreciation, and today, I wanted to extend all this appreciation to the women who come across this page.
But I also wanted to share a few things that I want all of us to be aware of, and things that we should definitely fight for.
So what about ..
What about women demanding equal pay, same as the men that do the same jobs.
Here’s to a seat at the table.
Here’s to women travelling alone in foreign countries, not worried about name-calling or worse, being raped and murdered. Here’s to safety.
Here’s to women listening to their bodies, and being allowed to make all the decisions that suits them. Here’s to abortion laws being aborted. A woman’s body belongs to herself.
Here’s to the women who decided a husband, a house and children wasn’t for them. And here’s to the women who decided that all of that is for them. Both of them are the same amount of ‘woman’, even if they chose different things in life.
Here’s to the stop of the ‘pink tax’. If men are allowed to buy ‘Viagra’ and not pay any taxon it, then women shouldn’t need to pay tax for products that we need for one of the most natural things: periods.
Here’s to all women having access to education.
Here’s to a world with no child brides. 12 million of girls younger than 18 years old get married a year. That’s over 33,000 girls a day.
Here’s to no one commenting on our body weight. On being too skinny, too fat, too tall or too thin. A woman’s body is still her own, not matter what we weight.
Here’s to allowing more girls to play ‘boy’s games’, and also allowing girls to pick a career that is more of a ‘manly job’.
Here’s to more women in politics, sports, CEOs of companies, to more females as main characters in big movies. Here’s for seats and the biggest tables.
There’s been a lot of progress made in the last few years on a lot of the issues above, but there are still a lot of things that are not right.
Inequality being the biggest issue. The gender gap will take 108 years to close at this point. It’s important we all have these conversations and stand up for it in our small circles. That’s how change starts.
I will end with this beautiful poem by a phenomenal woman, one of my greatest inspirations, Maya Angelou. Here’s to standing tall, and standing proud:
'Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud .
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman