Happy International Women’s Day!
Started back in the early 1900’s IWD was a vehicle to gather women together from across the world to demonstrate & protest for equal rights, the right to vote and hold public office.
Over the years it became a day to promote radical social reforms up until the 21st Century when corporate sponsors began to use it to promote feel good messages.
Today, each year has a specific theme to highlight hardships, women in developing countries, violence, gender discrimination, empowerment etc.
Source – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women’s_Day
This year, the theme is ‘Balance’. ‘Better the Balance, Better the World’.
My favorite quote for the day;
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist
IWD for me is about men & women working together to create a better world.
It’s up to us to educate our sons & daughters that collaboration is the key.
And we must celebrate our differences, rather than strive to be the same.
Men & women are different which is why they work so well together.
Women shouldn’t have to act like a man in the workplace anymore than a man should have to act like a woman in the home.
We need to bring our uniqueness and our strengths and weaknesses to each and every area of life and look to each other for understanding and support.
If you do nothing else today, man or woman, recognize your strengths and weaknesses versus those of your spouse, friends, family members etc and vow to accept the differences, excel where you can and support where they can’t as they should you.
And if you have children, teach them from the get go, the future is togetherness. Men, women, black, white, muslim, christian.
It is only through our love can we eradicate hatred.
Happy International Women’s Day 🙂