Today is International Women’s Day and I want to give a shout-out to all the amazing women that I am lucky to know and call my family + friends.
I am not really a self-described feminist, which merely is to say I don’t throw around the label a lot, but I do believe in the power and strength of women. I can only imagine what our country would look like if we had elected our first female president (something that is not so earth (or should I say ‘ceiling’-) shattering in other countries, I would like to remind you), but let’s not go there right now.
Contrary to popular belief, feminists are not man-haters. Feminists simply believe in the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.
I am currently reading ‘Shrill: Notes from a loud woman’ by Lindy West and it has – unsurprisingly – much to do with feminism, a woman’s place in this world, and how women are still perceived as ‘less’ in so many contexts. Less accepted, less knowledgeable, less experienced, less believable, less valuable. Why is it still such a hard concept to accept women as equals?
Today is for celebrating the strong women who face insurmountable odds and who nevertheless persist, and for recognizing what women (have) accomplish(ed). Let’s face it, our societies, where power and privilege is still so often claimed by men, would totally crumble without women (and all they do without calling attention to it every. single. minute. of. every. day.).
Are you wearing red today in solidarity? (I realized, I don’t own very many red items of clothing, but man do I love those sneakers.) #womensrightsarehumanrights #neverthelessshespersisted