Friday, March 8, 2019 - International Women’s Day
"IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level." (Read more about it here.)
It is NOT: Whining, bitching, or hating men.
The truth of the matter is that things are different for women. In so, so, many ways, we are still not seen as equal to or treated the same as men.
I was raised to be strong and independent. I was taught I could do whatever or be whoever I wanted to be if I was willing to work hard. I was taught than a man and his wife were equals who made decisions and did things together.
As I grew older, it was quite a shock to me when things weren’t this way.
When I saw women being expected to do certain things (cook, clean, raise children, keep silent) simply because they are a woman.
When I learned that TODAY - in 2019 - women’s salaries are only 78% - 82% of that of the average mans.
When I learned that more than 1 in 3 women in the U.S. report having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
When I learned that, more often than not, it’s a roomful of men making health laws and decisions regarding women’s health.
When I’ve seen women afraid to leave their unhappy, or unhealthy, marriages because they don’t think they can survive, or function, without a man.
The hardest part of this, is I don’t know what we can do about it. We’re trying! We’re making progress! I know we are. And it’s happening because strong, courageous, loving women are stepping up to the plate and saying enough is enough. Earlier this week, Melissa wrote a post that talked about grit and its definition of “perseverance to stick-with-it, no matter the challenge”. It inspired me to write this post because if that doesn’t describe so many women in my life, I don’t know what does.
I’ve seen my friends go through heartbreaking divorces and manage to keep it all together, use their personal trauma to help others heal, and fight for a seat at the table.
More than that - I’ve seen women inspire me daily with their dignity, hope, tenacity, empathy, and forgiveness.
So a big ‘ol “HELL YEAH!!!!” to my fellow women who are out there making change happen, raising babies, finding themselves, succeeding, failing, overcoming obstacles, rocking those high heels, being independent, hustling, and making it happen.
I am PROUD to be a woman. I am PROUD to be married to my husband. I am PROUD to know of so many amazing men who support me every day. Again - it’s not about hating men. It’s about recognizing that things aren’t balanced or fair.
We’re going to change the world, friends. And for those who say we can’t… we’re gonna say WATCH US.
Here are 10 Ways to Embrace & Celebrate Women:
RBG Documentary - it doesn’t matter what your political beliefs are. RBG changed our nation and women’s lives all together. I did not stop smiling the whole time I was watching with my husband.
Shout out to an inspirational woman - call, text, email or write a note. Let them know how they’ve inspired you!
Use the #BalanceforBetter "hands out" pose
Women’s Night - grab your best gals and make a night of celebrating each other
Volunteer with a Women’s Shelter
Find a female mentor - or become one yourself!
Support female owned businesses - authors, small business owners, MLM hustlers, etc.
SHOW UP for the women in your life - emotionally, physically… just be there.
Step into the spotlight - you could be the one to changes things. Step up and rock it.