Here’s to the strong women,
May we know them,
May we be them.
May we raise them…
“She was fierce, she was strong, and she was simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was ok. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best…Strong!”
This quote speaks volumes about what women is, she is epitome of beauty with brains. She is fighter!
March 8th is celebrated as International Woman’s Day, throughout the globe. Also known as United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. This day world community gathers to honour and felicitate women for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.
This day was first celebrated on February 28, 1909 in New York when thousands of women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay and shorter working hours back in 1908.The date March 8 was suggested by the International Woman's Conference in 1910. After women gained suffrage (voting rights) in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
The International Women’s Day logo is the symbol of Venus in purple and white, which is also the symbol of being female. The logo is used to promote awareness about gender parity. The logo is used to support and unify activities that celebrate and drives women's advancement.
Reasons to celebrate women’s day
Even when mankind is at peak of its evolutionary phase, today in 21st century there continues to exist glaring gender disparity. Rape, stalking, female genital mutilation, female foeticide, child marriage are prevalent.
Even women are evolving every day and have proved their mettle in all fields, she is still not considered good enough if she is not able to take up the responsibility of her home properly for any reason. More often than not her avenues are cut down even when she is at par with her male counterpart. She is still seen as one who only has responsibility for taking care of the family, nurturing the kids, looking towards the elders in the family, no matter what she is doing at her workplace.
But, the fact that compels us to celebrate her is that even with so many hurdles she has the courage to boldly face it all and come up as a winner. Nothing can break her courage and inner strength for she is fighter! It’s the women in any form may it be mother, grand- mother, wife or sister or maybe a friend that shapes the destiny of man. Every single life is incomplete without the presence of that most perfect woman in their lives! It is truly said “Behind every successful man is great women.”
- There continues to exist gender pay gap even in most developed western countries; and we don't need to mention second and third world countries, right?
- Women's education level continues to be lower than men's. Parents in certain countries still only push for sons to be educated over their daughters' ambitions. They see daughters as burdens and consider the money spent on them as a waste of resource.
- Violence against women, hitting or beating up wife is still accepted as "normal". Over 600 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a punishable offense. In India itself marital rape is not considered rape.
- Stereotypes, like women can’t play sports as they don’t have healthy stamina, or their body is designed differently or it involves wearing short clothes. They cannot be successful doctors or engineers.
Here is what you can do on Women’s Day
- It is said that charity begins at home, so let’s celebrate the joy of being women. Let’s put ourselves first, let’s say no to violence and discrimination, let’s say no to male chauvinism and speak for ourselves; because if we don’t, nobody will.
- Organize some women empowerment program in your society or locality.
- Go to some far flung area to provide them education about their rights.
- Bring some pressure in government to take drastic steps to address women issues, and make policies implementable.
- Organise marathon to raise money for such causes.
And in case you feel jeopardised and feel helpless read the life history of these iron ladies and I am sure when they could do it why can’t we viz., Anandibai Joshee, Asima Chatterjee, Darshan Ranganathan, Janaki Ammal, Rani Lakshmi Bai.
Here is a list of boost I suggest you to feel the unquenchable strength every women has
- Freedom by Margaret Atwood
- A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
- The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort
- The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
Before signing off International women’s day is observed to celebrate the velour women in every sphere of life. To make them feel special and assure them for a progressive way of life. Let’s give them opportunity to be free to choose what they want to do/be/go/marry/love.