Can I let you in on an embarrassing little secret? I didn’t even know today was International Women’s Day until our receptionist sent round an invitation last week to all the women in my office for a morning tea to be held today. I like to think of myself as a forward thinking gals gal who wants to see my fellow sisters flourish and shine so I was a little saddened that I wasn’t on the uptake.
Of course this got me thinking about the day and how long it’s been observed and I was surprised and happy to see that it’s been around since 1909. What doesn’t make me so happy is that here we are in 2016 and we still have to fight for equality, respect and appreciation – what the fuck is up with that?! Something is not quite right when we’re still not receiving equal pay for equal work and this years IWD theme is all about #PledgeForParity – which is a call to action for speeding up gender parity.
One of the guys in my office wanted to know why the blokes won’t get a morning tea to celebrate “Men’s Day” and I told him it’s because every day seems to be “Men’s Day” and it’s time you took a seat, mister, and let a lady step forward and grasp that brass ring!
To all my ladies I want to wish you all a happy International Women’s Day! Sure, eat a cupcake to celebrate the day if you must, but let’s remember to keep the conversation going and pledge to be a part of change. As my gal Bey Bey said; who run the world? GIRLS! Can I get a HELL YEAH?!!
“Give Us Women’s Suffrage. Women’s Day, March 8, 1914. Until now, prejudice and reactionary attitudes have denied full civic rights to women, who as workers, mothers, and citizens wholly fulfil their duty, who must pay their taxes to the state as well as the municipality. Fighting for this natural human right must be the firm, unwavering intention of every woman, every female worker. In this, no pause for rest, no respite is allowed. Come all, you women and girls, to the 9th public women’s assembly on Sunday, March 8, 1914, at 3pm”
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