So, today is International Women’s Day and it makes me wonder what exactly that means and what is the best way to celebrate it?
I mean, some of the stuff I’ve read this morning sounds good: we’ve got women walkouts in Spain, shutting down major commute options, we’ve got protests and such all over as women demand equal pay for equal work and other such things.
I know I’ve been pretty lucky as a woman. I haven’t dealt with sexual harassment or discrimination, I have always received pay equal to the job I do. For a long time, that blinded me to the fact that these things happen to other women. But, here we are in 2018 and we’re still fighting something that should have been defeated years ago.
Can you imagine if women just stepped out, really stepped out…all over the world, for one day, not a single woman did anything to benefit anyone but themselves. Every woman: every government official, every female on any board, every C-level executive, every manager, supervisor, every garment worker, every transportation worker, every teacher, nurse, doctor, lawyer, judge, every line cook, chef, waitress, receptionist, administrator, every janitor, cashier, delivery person, every wife, mother, sister, daughter…can you picture that?
Look around you for a minute, and imagine your world without women. We are everywhere. We work hard. We play hard. We rise to the occasion.
So ladies, let us rise. Let us lift up our sisters instead of tearing them down. Let us fight with them, not against them. Let us rejoice in their victories. Let us demand, with one voice, that we receive our due: equal pay, equal protections, equal education, adequate healthcare by doctors who will not dismiss our pain because we are women, equal protection from crime and equal investigative power when we are victims of crimes, equal representation.
Power is not give, ladies. Power is taken.