On International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, and while I usually reserve Fridays to talk about products that I have tried out and want to share with you guys – I thought it would do all of you more justice to spend a few words speaking about the importance of today. 🙂

I’m sure that by the time this post publishes you will have come across several social media posts declaring that it’s International Women’s Day. I think that’s fantastic. I took some time to research and do some reading on the history of IWD, and I did some self reflection on what IWD means to me. Over and over I saw people writing, “ While women have fought and won many many battles in the arena of gaining – there is still much to do.”

I can’t wait for the year when we feel like we don’t have to explain ourselves. I can’t wait for the year when everyone is aware and accepts that change still needs to happen and women don’t feel like they have to justify their basic needs and rights. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

In my opinion, one of the greatest way that we can enact any kind of change is to take a grassroots approach. Look around at your own life, into the lives of the women that surround you, into your hometown and see what you can do to start making changes there. Throw a pebble in your pond and watch the ripple effect explode out around you.

International Women’s Day was accepted by The United Nations since 1910 and has been officially celebrated on March 8th or every year since 1914 by many countries. This year’s theme is #balanceforbetter – to “Think equal, build smart, and innovate for change.”

For so long, women have just been fighting for equality and balance – and the cold hard truth is that women are still not getting equal pay in all work environments, there are lower proportions of women to men in government positions, and women’s education is still being withheld across the world.

I hope that my daughter will not have to fight these battles. I want my daughter to know that she can do whatever she wants. I want my daughter to know that she is strong and she is worthy and has the right to be seen and treated as equal. Yes, maybe her body is biologically different from a man’s – but that doesn’t mean she should ever be treated as less than.

So, if you’ve read this and you think that today is a one sided affair. If you think that you still need to be advocated for. Then do it.

Because there’s a need for women to be advocated for. There are still great strides that need to be made for women to live in a gender balanced environment. That’s why IWD is a big deal. We’ve recognized a need and we are doing things to try to meet that need. We are. Women are. Not surprisingly, it was a woman who proposed that there even be an IWD.

So, we’re not sitting around waiting for someone to hand us a to do list. We’re not waiting for someone to do it for us. The laundry basket is full and we need clothes for tomorrow so we’re washing the damn laundry. The trash can in the bathroom is overflowing and we’re not going to wait two weeks for someone else to empty it. It’s International Women’s Day and we’re here to celebrate women. To uplift women. To inspire women. To motivate women. To encourage women to seek out balance in every aspect of their lives.

— Ashley