(above image courtesy of Google images.)
International Women's Day falls on March 8th every year, and it was important for me to launch this blog on this day during Women's History Month. This day is a day to reflect on how far we've come but also how much work still has to be done to reach the level of equality that we desire. International Women's Day is a day that is celebrated globally to recognize the cultural, economic, political, and social achievements of women. This tradition has expanded since the early 1900s. More people have joined the movement and are letting their voices be heard. To learn more about the history of IWD, visit the official website here.
For many years, women have been and continue to be treated unfairly, disrespected, and overlooked. Women were not given the opportunity to vote, have an education, or even own property while some were being controlled and mistreated by their spouses. Though we have progressed, we are not even close to where we need to be. Today, women are still not treated as fairly as we should be and have to fight everyday to prove ourselves and our worth. It brings me joy to see us coming together and standing up for our rights and what we believe in. Loving ourselves and owning our sexuality while being bosses and independent. We may not get along with every woman we cross paths with but in the end, we are all facing similar struggles. We are not being dramatic or sensitive, this is our reality.
"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women" -Kofi Annan, Ghanian Diplomat.
Here are a few pictures that I took from the Women's March in New York City on January 21st: