Happy International Women’s Day!
It has been 100 years since we started celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD), and right now, it is celebrated all over the world. This is great news. While I’m no feminist, its important to keep track and take note of the accomplishments that women have made in the past. Not only was the right to vote important here in the United States, but the constant battle to equal the playing field for women.
This is especially true for women of color all over the world. While many sexist issues has been swept under the rug, we know all to well that the battle is far from over.
We know that women are still not paid equally to men, and women of color get paid far below women of lighter complexions. We also know that in the home, we are still doing most of the work, child rearing, as well as working.
“The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.”
I like the fact that this celebrates how far us women have come in the past years, but the day is not meant to just accept everything that is going on right now. We still have a lot of work to do, and if we can’t get the job done for ourselves, we have to fight to make sure our daughters and granddaughters are not fighting the same battles.