Celebrating Women 2015
International Women’s Day is Sunday March 8th, 2015. Celebrating the female gender remains relevant in today’s society. For many decades’ women did not enjoy the rights and privileges we enjoy today. Yet we are all guilty of taking these for granted; I know I am. Violence against women continues to exist in the world, but also in Canada, a first world country. With this knowledge we must ask ourselves how is this even possible? If you are a woman, or love a woman this issue of not only equality, but also safety affects you.
As a society we have become idle and future generations may pay the price. If we explore the issue of abortion in NB, we see that our government is still trying control women. Whether or not I believe in abortion is none of your business. Whether or not you chose to have an abortion is none of my business. As a woman, what is my business is the right of choice for all Canadians, including women.
When women share their current experiences with me, it is confirmed we are not treated equally. The judgments continue. If we choose to have a family, most often a judgment exists on how we parent. If we chose not to have children another judgment exists.
This year the theme for International Women’s Day is, “Make it Happen”. Make what happen you may ask? Equality, safety and respect are the first words that come to mind. The next question is, how can I make a difference? When deciding to open my business, “She” I chose to focus my energy and attention on providing services for women only. Many women: A) do not invest in themselves until it is too much to shoulder on their own. B) Feel as though no one values or believes in them.
Therefore I have decided to send a message: I think you are worth it, and I am going to be here when you are ready to invest in yourself. Now what that change is going to look like will vary depending on the individual and where they are in their lives and what they are willing to risk and work on. But I believe a powerful message is being sent, “when you are ready, I am here”.
I believe, if we all cared a little more about ourselves, and other women we would be a stronger nation. As I have said before, I am not in competition with other women. I want us all to make it and be successful. But let’s take it one step further – I am willing to let you decide what success is for you, I will support you and I will not judge your choices.
I believe that we must be self reflective in our actions, change our attitudes and beliefs, all the while supporting one another in the choices we make. If we fail to do this we are reinforcing the wall of inequality that should have already been broken down.If you are interested in reading about the history of the women’s movement in Canada I suggest, “Writing the Revolution” by Michelle Landsberg. Michelle played an enormous role on changing the lives of Canadian women.
If you aren’t clear on how society has affected our relationship with self and other women a good read is “Women’s Relationship with Herself” by Helen O’Grady.
In closing, I encourage you to Celebrate you and the important women in your life.
Happy International Women’s Day ~ From SHE