Today is International Women’s Day and among the celebrations I read one comment on FB today: ” Congratulating women on International Women’s Day is congratulating a HIV patient on World Aids Day” My response was: “Yes because being a woman is like having HIV.” Which he promptly liked. Dick.
For those of you who don’t consider women a disease and for those who have the fortune to be one: Celebrate! Women are great. Their position in the world, in society has radically changed over the years but there is always room for improvement.
This year I celebrate my personal examples: a grandmother with a law-degree whose single mother protected her and her three sisters with a shot-gun she’d learn to shoot especially for this cause. (Though her brother had to buy it. Is it a true story? Who knows. It’s a good’un.) My own amazing mother who studied in a foreign language and had her own dental practice before becoming a mother, and who can still better single-handedly reverse parallel park a car than any person (male or female) I know.
International Women’s Day still exist because equality is not a given: the horrid rape case in India or the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and even in the modern Western world, a less violent yet still worrying problem exists of a significant gender pay-gap. It might be a men’s world we live in but nothing is going to change if we aren’t brave enough to step up. The world is changing, this Alpha male power trip in the economy hasn’t particularly panned out well, and as society looks at other ways to keep on going: we can be leaders in the new world. I am not saying women will do it better, but women will most definitely do it differently. Just by sheer being, we can make a change in a world that needs it and is more and more ready for it.
Live life my friends, especially if you are a woman. To honour those who have gone before us, to advance those who are to follow: be courageous, be woman, be proud.