‘I guess at the end of the day, all women like to be appreciated
and treated with respect and kindness’ – Sofia Vergara
There is bound to be uproar from sections of society today – there always is. It’s impossible to not offend someone about something these days due to the rise of “political correctness” (but that is something for another time).
However if we choose to stand against those who will try convince us that International Women’s Day is “unfair”, if we choose to stand against those who claim there should be a variation for men (there is by the way; November 19th), then we can truly celebrate and maybe even educate.
IWD is not a new thing, far from it. However it’s popularity and importance seems to rank lower in the UK than other countries. For example, China treats March 8th as a holiday for Women, whereas many former “Eastern Bloc” have IWD declared as a day of holiday. In South America too it is an unofficial holiday. The worrying trend here is that the Western “powers” do not have anything akin to this. Despite its recognition by the UN, Government backing for IWD in many of the countries you’d expect it from is non-existant.
It’s a shame actually, it really is.
However, today is a day of celebration, of celebrating women – all women – throughout history. Of recognising their struggle, their fight, and their importance.
It’s for that reason I want to say a special thank you to the women in my life who have helped shape and define it.
I am fortunate to have been surrounded by many strong-willed, determined, and special women from birth, so it would be hard to thank you all by name.
However I will name two who have invested a lot of time and effort in how I have turned out; my Mother and Helen.
It’s become customary that on IWD you wear purple and so for both of you, and for all of the women who have played a role in my life, I’m wearing purple today.
Happy International Women’s Day!