What International Women’s Day teaches us
This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. *Cue “We should all be feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.*
Happy International Women’s Dayyyy accent on the “y”. What is this wonderous day all about, you ask. Well let’s break it down like this: women all over the world continue to defy the odds, embrace themselves, and kill everything. And I, for one, am all the way here for it. Today, March 8th, 2019, marks International Women’s Day across the globe, a day that has been celebrated since the 1900s. This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. *Cue “We should all be feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.* The 2019 call for action is for the acceleration of gender parity. More information can be found on the International Women’s Day website. Beyond that, this year’s campaign theme is #balanceforbetter. When I read about the theme this year it sparked some excitement, as I think that #balanceforbetter is a great way to continue the conversations about equal rights, equal pay, equal opportunities and more.
I also took #balanceforbetter and applied it to myself personally. I think that balance is desired by many and is rarely, if ever, mastered. There are moments where I find that I am not balancing things well enough, leaving one or two things left on the back burner or I am balancing too many things at once leaving lots of room for error and neglect. I look at balance for better as a challenge to create a harmonious balance for the betterment of myself, but the key word is better not perfect. In typical Capricorn fashion I tend to spend a lot of time on things desiring them to be perfect or my own idea of perfect. But you see where that’s going right? Down a dark hole of procrastination, failure to launch and fearfulness. What I have learned about balance is that it is a skill that takes work, and like many skills it is an ongoing ordeal of trial and error and a mixture of self mastery and quite literally a balancing act.
As a woman there can be a great deal of stress and an emphasis on being many things, sometimes all at once, and wearing many hats all at once. Little do you know; hats and my hair do not go well together. So, this International Women’s Day I will celebrate the many women around me who are working on themselves daily, inspiring others, promoting positive changes and supporting one another. IWD really offers us a time to reflect on the many advancements that we have made as women for the betterment of our sex and for the future little women.
This IWD, find some time to celebrate the women around you for the many accomplishments that they have made and the goals that they continue to work on. Encourage another woman to follow her dreams and support her throughout those stages. Help her with her hats, help her organize and compartmentalize the hats and identify what they mean. That’s getting deep and wine may be needed but you get the idea. Continue to push forward and to break the glass ceilings that restrict and stall our movements, break the boxes that place us in categories we do not belong in. And take it beyond March 8th. Carry this same attitude with you and share it with others so that we can continue to have these conversations. I am woman, and I stay roaring.