“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”
All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. International Women’s Day is not about asserting the superiority of one gender over the other. It is not about who gets to do the dishes after dinner. Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Historically, women have been suppressed and treated unfairly. Even in the West, women were not given equal opportunities for work. Women were not given voting powers and they could not participate in political activity. Relegated to the hearth and household, women had little else to do other than raise children.
Now we’re in 2015 and women are still fighting for their rights. Yet we find many pockets in the world, where women are suppressed and demeaned. Gender discrimination exists at all levels. Why is thisso? Are women considered less capable of managing their jobs? Are women pushed to a corner, until they give in to male dominance? Do we live in a repressed society where men are considered the superior sex and women the inferior one? Help women fight their cause by recognizing them as human beings. Respect your women colleagues, friends , and family. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.
“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Be strong, be brave!