International Women’s Day
By Siera Millard
Photo by CESI
Throughout history, it is our differences that have defined us, and because of this the human race is plagued with inequality. Women have been considered domestic subordinates to men since the beginning of civilization and we continue to struggle from one generation to the next. In some countries it is worse than in others and in these places it is often harder to take steps toward equality, inequality being so ingrained as it is.
In order to succeed, all parts of the human existence must be given an equal chance to thrive. Malala Yousafzai said, “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” Our differences are not what define us, but what we do in the face of those differences.
International Women’s Day was first observed on February 28th, 1909 in the United states to honor women’s protests against working conditions. In 1975, the United Nations changed March 8th as the day. In fact, the charter of the United Nations “was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.” (women). Every year there is a different “theme,” this year being Press for Progress, meaning that all people need to work together to make progress in the fight for equality. This is especially important amid movements focused on the gender wage gap, #MeToo, and #TimesUp.
Women’s rights are not just about women. Feminism is not just for females. Louise Brealey, actress and writer, said, “I’d like every man who doesn’t call himself a feminist to explain to the women in his life why he doesn’t believe in equality for women.” Feminism is not a belief that women are better than men. It does not mean that you hate men or that you don’t believe in makeup and shaving your legs. It means that you believe in equality for all. It is the belief in the choice to wear makeup, the choice to show off your body or to cover it up - and to not be judged either way.
This International Women’s day, think about those who are not as fortunate as you are to have the freedoms and opportunities that we often take for granted.
This International Women’s day, remember that women’s rights are human rights.
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