“Los hombres creen que feminista es una palabra solo para mujeres, pero lo que realmente significa es pedir igualdad. Si tu estás a favor de la igualdad, entonces lamento decirte que eres un feminista” – Emma Watson
Today is International Women’s Day and you should care. Feminism isn’t the fight for superiority. It’s the fight for equality. It’s not a word for women. It’s a word for good humans.
It’s 2018, in case you’ve been living under a rock or have just time travelled here, and the fight for equality is nowhere near finished. There are women still living in fear. Women who don’t have a voice. Women who deserve more. More respect. More appreciation.
In the UK alone, 1,533 women reported that they were a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace (Channel 4). We need to do better. A workplace should be a safe place. Safe from harm. Safe from our colleagues and safe from our bosses.
Here’s a tip: next time a woman starts at your workplace. Treat her with respect. Treat her with dignity. Treat her the way you’d treat your daughter. We are not something to look at like a piece of meat or discuss your desires over the lunch break. We are strong women. But we still feel vulnerability. We still feel fear. You’re not superior.
Look at the figures. They’re right there. It’s happening. We can’t ignore it. It’s not good enough.
Would you want your daughter to feel fear walking into work? Would you want your daughter to be paid less for doing the same job? Would you want your daughter to have fewer opportunities just because she’s female? Then, why is it happening?
#PressForProgress is the official hashtag this International Women’s Day. I urge you to click the link and declare how you will #PressForProgress.
This International Women’s Day, I will be wearing purple. Recognising the suffragettes who fought for our right to vote. Those brave women who stepped forward and wanted change. Now, it’s our time to take it further. We can do better. This is not about wanting superiority, it’s about equality.
As a teacher, I see these young girls walk in to my classroom every day, strong, brave and intelligent girls. Girls that have access to education. Not all girls are that fortunate. Girls that can go on and make a difference in this world. We’ve just got to let them have the opportunity to do so. I believe in them. You should too.
I am so lucky that I have a male network that supports me. Enriches me. Empowers me. But, we’re not all that lucky. We need to be the voice for those who are not heard. Listen to them. Fight for them. Women should have the opportunity to be empowered, free and true to who they are.
So today, thank your mother. Thank your grandmothers. Thank your best friend. Thank the women in your life. They deserve it.
May we be strong women and may we raise strong women.
You can read more shocking figures over at https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-how-many-women-face-sexual-harassment-in-the-workplace
The International Women’s Day photos in this post are not mine. I urge you to read The Official International Women’s Day page for further details.