The world is already so much against women, though we make up half of it and take so much care of the other half. Women, in most countries, are still considered second class citizens. We’re paid less. We’re given less opportunities, our genitals and internal organs held against us. The way the world sees us, as mothers and wives, counts against us in the workplace: you’re expected to take more care of your family (if you’ve got one) or to eventually want one. Flexible working a sign of non-committal to the company, solid working a sign of non-committal to the family. Whatever we do, we are doing it wrong.
With so little relief in the world of womanhood, we need to have each other’s backs. We need to champion women, celebrate women, help women.
We are women, we have this in common. Whether we have children or not, husbands or wives, or not. Women are amazing. Soft, steely, caring, fierce, strong, vulnerable. We deserve more than a round of applause.
International Women’s Day is a day where we fight for our demands, for our rights. In recent years the problems plaguing women have been broadcast, finally, upon the world stage. The #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns have dominated celebrity award shows. It only goes to show that when women band together, we are stronger, we get much more done, we instil fear in those that would have up remain passive. But we are not passive, not anymore. For every one woman afraid of standing up, there will be two to hold her.
The past few years have been monumental in terms of raising the profile of womanhood. We have a whole host of books about great women, including Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, the Little People and the Big Ideas series.
Standing up for ourselves named us Time’s Person [people] of the Year; those that went public and those that did not. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, we must continue charging forward on the path we have begun to forge. A global movement of activism and support has begun and we must continue it.
Of course, as we all know, there is one group of women – and men – who pride ourselves on being an unwavering force for good, champions of kindness, a group hug for those in need, a cheerleading squad for those on their knees and a cacophony of celebration when one of us succeeds.
The incredible women of Mummy’s Gin Fund – along with the men who support them – are worthy of praise every day. They are taking small steps and huge leaps towards a community where every single woman feels equal, valued, important and worthy.
Wonderful women of Gin Fund, we salute you.
For more information about IWD2018, visit the official website https://www.internationalwomensday.com/