Happy International Women’s Day! Today we are celebrating all women and girls around the world who have either helped create where we are today, or will be a part in our future efforts to get us where we want and need to be. As the mother of a young tween girl, I see all my hopes and aspirations and the many opportunities, and pitfalls, she has in her future. It’s exciting but it’s also frightening. We are so much further than we were 10-20 years ago but we still have so much progress to make. As a feminist, I see the battle continuing in violence against women, the right to control our bodies, poverty, racism, gender equality, sexism, inequality in the workplace, climate control and the continuous battle of body weight and self image.
For me, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate our achievements but also our setbacks. May my daughter wear her pride on her sleeve every day of her life and never be told she is incapable of doing anything. May she become a leader in whatever industry she chooses to work on and use her work to inspire younger women to create change and make a difference. May she be able to do anything she wants without being undermined or under-represented. May she continue to glow and feel as though as the world is at her fingertips.
As someone who works in the social good/non-profit space, I see injustices occurring around the world daily. I hope that this day inspires you as much as it inspires you, as well as others, to make the world a better place.
All the best to all of you, women and men, on this important global day. Head to Twitter and shout your loudest using hash tag #IDW2016.