Today I'm going to speak about one of my absolute favorite topics - equality for women! If you've checked the internet or media today, you've probably seen that it's International Women's Day. But what does that mean? Why do we celebrate?
IWD is a day of celebrating and remembering all the women who have fought for our equality worldwide. Today is NOT about shaming men, is not about "causing an unnecessary riot", and is not about women "finding something else to complain about". It is so much more than that. And if you can't see that, you're sadly mistaken.
By definition, International Women's Day is a day for "celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women" as well as a "call to action for accelerating gender parity." To all the men and women who don't understand why we still march, why we still preach, and why we need this day, this article is for you...
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This holiday is a beautiful reminder of how far we've come, and how far we still have to go. More often than not, I see women confused as to why this movement is happening. Their reasoning is "I've never experienced gender inequality. I go to college. I have a job. I make my own money." The problem with this very statement is one word: I.
Yes, YOU may not have experienced gender inequality in your life yet. Yes, YOU may have a job. Yes, YOU may go to college. But you, my friend, are privileged beyond your imagination. This movement is about more than just YOU. This is for us all! It's for those who are being paid less than their male coworker, those who are still body and "slut" shamed, etc.
"A strong woman defends herself. A stronger woman defends others."
For those of us so fortunate to be born in to privilege that we don't experience this as much as others, we have such a huge responsibility. We are the very ones who should be spreading the knowledge for those who don't have the freedom or courage to spread it themselves. I feel this responsibility so passionately, and I hope you will too.
If my words aren't enough to sink in, please read this article with ten facts stating why we still need men and women to speak, march, and defend our rights.