It's International Women's Day and I have some pretty badass women in my life to celebrate. This year's theme is Be Bold for Change so when I read this I knew I had to put my voice out there, not only to celebrate the women I know, but to bring attention to those who may not have someone to celebrate them. International Women's Day calls for "a more gender inclusive world." As a feminist, I desire this, too. Women and girls have so, so much value, and today we recognize that. However, it doesn't have to stop today.
Women should be celebrated everyday. We can demonstrate our respect for, solidarity with, and love for women by doing simple, everyday things. We can start here:
One | Build up women around you
It's an understatement that women can be hard on other women. We criticize each other for our weight, appearance, personal style, beliefs, you name it. One way you can celebrate International Women's Day everyday is to build other women up around us. We should be each others' biggest fans, foremost supporters, and friends. Reach out to your female co-worker about the great job she's doing on a project in the office. Tell your mom when you think she's awesome. Let your friends know you're proud of them.
Two | Respect & love yourself
Loving yourself is just as important as loving those around you. If you're building other women up but letting yourself crumble no good can be done. Make yourself a priority. Do things that make you happy and healthy: get a pedicure, read a book, take a class, exercise. Whatever it is that helps you be the best you.
Three | Speak up about injustices
This is probably the hardest for some of us, myself included. Speaking up for others is something that I struggle with but am pushing myself to do continually. If you see something wrong, tell someone about it. If you disagree with someone, say so. Remaining silent is no longer an option. We can't overlook injustices. Just because something doesn't affect you doesn't mean it isn't an injustice. Look past yourself and into the situations of other women. What injustices might they be facing? And then speak up about them.
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