Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate all that women have achieved as well as push for continued gender equality.
A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. – Source
Today I’m going to take an extra moment to be thankful for all of the women who are or have been a part of my life. To my teachers, coaches, friends, family, coworkers – you have all helped shape me in some way; thank you for any and everything you’ve done for me. To my friends and my sorority sisters – I’m so proud of all that you are doing and achieving; it’s awesome to see where we’ve all gone after college and to see the KD house carrying on our sisterhood and inclusiveness. To any woman reading this – I’m so grateful that you’re taking time out of your day to read what I have to say. (Men reading this – I appreciate you too!)
Here are some other women I admire…
- Susan Cain – for speaking on behalf of quiet voices everywhere
- Joanna Coles – for pushing the boundaries of women’s content and bringing taboo topics to light
- Emma Watson – for advocating on behalf of women’s rights and using her fame to shed awareness on important issues
- My Mother – for raising four children, managing a household, and in many ways living as an example of the kind of person I’d like to become
- My Best Friend – for her resilience, ever-positive attitude, friendship and loyalty over the years
Despite how far we have come in the push for gender equality, there is still change to be seen. I am hopeful for a future with less objectification of women, both in the media and in real life. I am hopeful for a future where women can be less fearful of attack, of sexual assault, of rape. I am hopeful for a future where a woman can always make her own choices regarding her health and body.
To help raise awareness and spread the message, you can share your own thoughts or stories using the hashtags #BeBoldForChange and #InternationalWomensDay. You can also pledge to take action on the International Women’s Day website.