International Women’s Day. What does it mean to you?
Everyone interprets things differently, based on experience, beliefs and vision. And days like this can be the same. But we’ll all still have similar underlying thoughts…It’s a day of empowering and recognising women of the world, and the impact and contributions THEY make to companies, communities and society.
International Women’s Day started over a century ago, with the first gathering taking place in 1911.
It now happens each and every year on 8th March all around the world. IWD officially says the day is for “celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
In my mind, some do go a little far in this fight – I love occasions like this where we can truly celebrate our achievements, albeit, it shouldn’t just be one day a year. However, I think International Women’s Day isn’t about saying that we’re better than men. It’s about showing how amazing women are, yes. About empowering every woman, yes. It’s about showing all the things we can and could achieve should we have the right opportunities. It’s about pushing equality.
I can see others are VERY passionate about feminism, empowering women, and pushing us ahead. And I do class myself as a feminist, but also an equalist.
I don’t think I’m better than my boyfriend (blimey his general knowledge sometimes blows my mind!), and I wouldn’t say I’m better than other males who work at my level in my career path. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, but ultimately we’re all equal and should have the same opportunities and be treated alike.
It was announced today that by giving female entrepreneurs the same access to funding, as male entrepreneurs, we could increase the economy to £250 billion! Just by giving more equal opportunities when it comes to banks and funding. It’s pretty crazy right?! And this is obviously one example of where opportunities aren’t equal, are where things need to change. It’s not just to benefit women, it’s to benefit the world.
Whether we think having one specific day like this really makes a difference or not, we should definitely be fighting for this equality. I believe having this specific day allows for an appreciation, empowerment and a sort of thanks to those women who are leading and pushing equality in everything. But we should be fighting each and every day of the year until we hit that equality – and not just between gender, but between every single person whatever their race and however they identify.
It’s interesting to see what others think/believe about equality and the advice they’d give to others too. I contributed to a blog post through work, which includes a number of other strong, successful women, and it’s fab to read all the quotes. What are your thoughts on International Women’s Day?