It’s International Women’s Day.
To me today appears to have different meanings for different people. For some today is about celebrating the achievements made towards gender equality whilst acknowledging there is still work to do and working towards changing that.
For others it’s a day where we all tag other women on Social Media in a show of solidarity. Nothing wrong with that, it’s nice to support and acknowledge the people in your life you admire and appreciate.
But why don’t we make a choice to do that not just today but for the next 364 days of the year. If someone deserves recognition give it, if someone needs support offer it. ‘Strong women fix each others crowns’ and other such quotes don’t have to be confined to today (or the days following a break up). Next week or next month when you find yourself thinking something judgmental or bitchy about someone (be honest, no matter how kind you are generally we all do it sometimes) stop yourself, re-frame your thoughts and return to the positive female empowerment expressed today.
And take a moment away from all the tagging today to consider the theme of this year’s IWD (every year there is a specific focus) #BalanceForBetter. Working towards gender balance. What can we all do within our own ecosystems to work towards gender equality, today and everyday?
And Gender Balance – that means it requires men’s input too.
IWD used to annoy me because I viewed it as limiting the importance of half the population to one day. Now I see it as a chance to refocus our understanding on how we interact with one another both female to female and female to male and use that understanding every day.
P.s. To all the companies who use taglines about female empowerment and strong women today whilst promoting an unrealistic and unhealthy ideal of women the rest of the year. Shame on you.