International women’s day: a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Today, people all over the world have taken to social media to voice their opinions on International Women’s Day. Unfortunately, for every enlightening post on the matter, there is one that challenges it.
I certainly can’t speak for every woman, but when I think of International Women’s Day, I think of all the women who came before me that changed the world for the better. I think of the women who selflessly fought for the future generations of women to come, and how their actions directly impact how I’m able to live my life every day.
I was surprised when I saw how people thought about today in a completely different way from myself. While I’m usually open minded and accepting of other people’s opinions, I was taken back by some of the things I read.
You see, there are people in this world who don’t see the “need” for International Women’s Day. They think that in most respects, women and men are treated equally. They believe women are given the same opportunities as men. They think that feminism is unnecessary and/or bothersome. They wonder why we celebrate International Women’s Day, but don’t pay any mind to International Men’s Day (yes, it exists).
I could spend time critiquing each one of these points, but instead I think it’s safe to say that the people who are challenging International Women’s Day are the sole reason it exists.
Some women argue that they don’t deal with daily obstacles attributed to their gender, and that may be true (to an extent, at least). But have these same women taken a moment to reflect on the women who came before them that fought for the changes in society that we take for granted today? Those women certainly didn’t have it easy, and if it weren’t for their achievements towards equality, your day-to-day life might not be so easy either.
Just know that if you’re challenging a day devoted to celebrating the achievements of women, you’re only adding fuel to our fire. You’re exemplifying the reasons why women have to prove themselves every day. You’re a driving force behind every peaceful protest. You’re pushing us to aim higher and fight harder for what we believe in.
Your complete disconnect from the issue at hand is why we have to fight for a better tomorrow.
Sure, women have come a long way throughout history. In comparison to where we were several years ago, we’ve made leaps and bounds in the right direction. But if we stop now, what will that prove? We still have a lot of work to do, and we won’t stop until we get to where we want to be. Where we need to be. Equal.
Celebrate the women who came before us. Fight for the women of the future.
Happy International Women’s Day.