I have written before about being a feminist because it’s something that is really important to me, and has been for a long time. As a woman, even though there has been huge changes in the lives of women, I think women’s rights have to still be at the top of our agenda. We have to pull together, push forward and empower women to make the necessary changes.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not notice that equality for women is a hot topic in the world of media at the moment. The #Me Too and #TimesUp campaigns are everywhere at the moment, and whatever your personal thoughts about the movements are, they are definitely putting the inequality between men and women in the public conscious and this can only be a good thing. Highlighting women’s rights to be seen as individuals and not merely sexual playthings for rich and powerful men should be a given.
As well as being a woman, I am a mother and a teacher so I see young girls every day. I often ask myself, do I want my daughters and girls that I teach to have the same rights that I’ve been afforded? The answer is no, I don’t. I want better for them. Women are still being paid less then men for the same job. Working mothers are still judged much more harshly than their male counterparts and as we’ve seen in the entertainment industry, although I doubt that it is limited to there, women are still being viewed solely as sexual objects. This has to change.
So, today on Internation Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the amazing women in our lives. Let’s understand and celebrate the strengths in all women, regardless of race, nationality, background or life choices including ourselves. I for one, am proud to be a woman and will be celebrating accordingly.
How I will Spend The Day
Today, I will be working all day which as I enjoy it, will be quite a nice way to celebrate. It seems unimaginable now but it wasn’t that long ago that mothers were unable to work. I enjoy my job and am equally proud of my ability to support my children financially.
Later in the evening, I will be attending a beauty PR event and I’m so excited. I will be spending the evening with some local female bloggers that I really admire. It’ll be lovely to share blogging tips whilst discussing our mutual interest in all things beauty related. Did I mention there’ll be an afternoon tea available too? Makeup, cake and good conversation seem like the perfect way to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Because I’ll be travelling by train instead of driving, I will have the time to read and in honour of International Women’s Day, I’m going to be reading a book by one of my heroes: Maya Angelou. Not only was Maya Angelou an amazing poet and author who inspired so many with her amazing words, (I think Phenomenal Woman is perfect for today) she was also a hugely successful woman who managed to overcome a number of adversities to share her work and become much loved and revered. A rightful icon and hero.
As it’s International Women’s Day, of course on the way to the event, I’ll be listening to some of my favourite female musicians. This means that my Spotify playlist will be full of Jorja Smith, Ray Blk and Andra Day. If you haven’t checked them out, you must. All three have soulful vocals and powerful lyrics. I’m hooked. I’m also 99% sure that when I get home, I’ll be treating myself to a Lush bubble bath and relaxing with a glass of prosecco.
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day? Will you honour your heroes? Which women inspire you?