Friday, 8 March 2019

Celebrating ALL WOMEN on International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day and I have woken up to see my Social Media feeds flooded with others tagging their 'strong, supportive, feisty, powerful female friends' who they admire. I love that these women are being supported and shouting about each other BUT I also think that we're in danger of International Women's Day only supporting a certain type of woman.



My feed has been full of 'these women are some of the strongest I know' or 'go follow this person who always supports other women' or 'shout out to xyz for empowering females' and don't get me wrong, it's nice that we are supporting and championing these women but there seems to be a trend where the majority of the women we shout about and celebrate today are all of a similar type (it certainly seems to be the case on my social media) and I'm not down with that. International Women's Day should be inclusive to all and not just 'a shout out to all the feisty women' - what about those who aren't feisty? I want to shout about all of the strong and feisty women in my life but equally, I want to shout about all of those who aren't. Nobody should be excluded from today.

International Women's Day is about building a gender-balanced world and celebrating the achievements of women. To do this, I think we need to include and involve ALL women. I want to celebrate those who aren't necessarily the loudest, most empowering or the feisty ones who constantly challenge society. Equally,  I want to celebrate those who do. If we want true gender-balance in the world, I think we have to realise that there are lots of different types of women - shy, loud, confident, empowering, quiet, bold, smart, sensitive, high-achievers, supportive, bright, caring, nurturing, powerful, creative, organised, calm.....we should be championing them ALL.

I want all women to remember that this day is for them. You may not be the loudest or most confident in the room but you're still AMAZING and if nobody tags you on Social Media for being a wonderful woman in their lives today, I can assure you that there are lots of people out there who do think that about you.

International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific and I don't think it should be specific to a certain type of woman either. Every single one of us is doing something in our own way to ensure we live in a more gender-balanced world and we should all be proud of this today. Please take this post as your own personal tag - I think you're wonderful!

2 comments

  1. This is a lovely post Sam it's too easy for the message to be lost sometimes x

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  2. Thanks Sam. I agree. Re. building a gender balanced world here's a link to a 12 minute video by Lean In sharing key biases people hold, often without realising. It's really opened my eyes. Http://leanin.org/education/50-ways-to-fight-bias-overview?ref=IWD Lean In also have free resources including a "50 ways to fight bias" presentation containing real life facts and figures.

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