Today is International Women’s Day, which means it’s the perfect day to celebrate how far we’ve come – but also to recognize how far we still have to go.
My brilliant friend Maddy of Meat Locker Editions (an awesome female founded publishing company) wrote this little rant about #IWD, and it perfectly sums up my feelings about today:
International Women’s Day: a rambling of thoughts. Affirming my commitment to learn more and fight harder – in small and bigger ways – for the rights and freedoms of all women; challenging myself to make sure I practice inclusivity; recognizing my privilege and the benefits it affords me, reviewing how I can work from this position to be a better woman, ally, person. Last night I had a sobering reminder of how far we still have to fight, of the violence, manipulation and abuse that women face daily here in our city, country, world. Thinking of the despicable treatment of our Indigenous women, thinking of how we must make change. Pushing myself to learn and from a place of humility, do what I can. Refusing to be bullied any longer. Celebrating the women who fought before me, the women who raised me, the strength and guidance we find as we continue to grow our understanding of womanhood.
The one leg of equality women in North America still majorly struggle with is that of equal pay and equal respect in the workplace. It is a cause very dear to my heart. If you’re struggling with a horrible work situation, remember Tina Fey’s brilliant advice:
So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work, and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.
That brings me to this weeks song. Leslie Gore passed away recently, and her music most definitely helped usher in that first wave of feminism we owe so much of our current freedom to.
This is a feminist anthem that will never go out of style. Even those girls who somehow think being a ‘feminist’ today is a bad thing, can get behind the sentiment she’s singing about.