Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. The economic, political and social achievements of women are marked by thousands of events around the world. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
is Women's Day and it forced me to ask this question, "Are we any happier
than we were more than 60 years ago?"
I keep bringing this up because my constant fatigue keeps it alive in my mind.
Just the thought of having to wake up on Monday to start
the daily grind all over again makes me want to bang my head on a concrete
wall. Yep, I'm already thinking about Monday!
Again, why are we working tirelessly instead of being fabulous stay-at-home
Listen girls, I'm telling you, the women in the 1950s were misguided!
I am proud
of and commend those women who started the long journey towards equality. I
appreciate wholeheartedly the opportunity to choose to pursue an education, and
job/career. Without it, I am sure I wouldn't have been afforded half of
the privileges I take advantage of today. However, I can't help but to feel
that it's a fight that went in the wrong direction. In my opinion, we went from
one extreme to the next.
fighting to demonstrate our “value” by proving to men that we can do what they
do, what we should have spoken up and fought for was respect for who we were
and what we did. Being a woman (however you define it). Simple as
Did we not value ourselves sufficiently? Did we not value raising
children and taking care of the home? We allowed the men of that era to define
what our value was. We showed up for the right fight, but in the wrong arena.
We have now created new stereotypes. It seems these days in order to be
respected, we have to be a super career women all while balancing both children
and home. We even have the super career women turning their noses down at the
to all the ladies who love their jobs and love building their career. Keep at
to all the ladies holding it down at home and raising little people that will
grow into big people and will become sensible contributors to society.
are equally as important in shaping the world around us.
don't sense that we are happier. According to research done by Stella magazine
in the UK, a whopping 82% of women say the number one challenge they have today
is balancing their working life with that of their home life. 56% have a
challenge raising happy children and 52% have a challenge finding time for
So I ask the question again, How far have we really come? Are you happy? Have
we created inequality among women?
How do you feel valued as a woman? Do you feel more respected by having a
career? How do you feel women think of you if you are a stay-at-home mom?
Today, on International Women's Day, I ask you to reflect on your own happiness
and your value as a woman. Define it for yourself and for no one else.
Happy International Women's Day Ladies