How was your week?
International Women’s Day. What did you do to celebrate? Did you even know about it? International Women’s Day has been around for over a century and yet I for one did not know much about it. This year I wanted to learn more, so I did a little research. As women we should celebrate ourselves everyday, but having a day of dedication is empowering, uplifting and gives us a chance to unite as one. Gender parity is a world wide issue, so building communities that support this can only be a good thing. However, how disappointed was I when I looked for events locally. There was one event in the middle of the day which was no good for us as we all work full time. At work, the day was recognized by a short email from our male CEO and a small box of chocolates for the office to share. I asked my son if it was mentioned at high school – no, not a word. It seemed a somewhat insignificant day in my community. My girlfriends and I made our own event, and had a healthy, lively discussion around empowering women, our female heroes, our thoughts and experiences around equality. As women we deserve to be treated equally, we deserve respect, we deserve the same opportunities. BUT, how far do we go. Should men not open doors for us, pull out a chair for us to sit down, send flowers? Does demanding equality in the workplace mean we have to give up chivalry. I hope not and I hope men don’t see it that way. So here’s a message to men everywhere from me (as I cannot speak for everyone) Yes I want to be treated fairly. I do not want to be treated differently, paid differently just because I am a woman. But please do not stop being the wonderful men that you are, please do open doors for us. As a woman I see that as sign of respect, of common courtesy and a very simple way to make a woman smile.
Picture of the week:
I love this statue. Our daughters need to be told to be fearless, to have big dreams and follow them.
Question of the week:
As a woman, what are you doing to help other women?
I started this blog and while it is still small, I already receive questions from women, looking for another opinion, wanting to know more. It led me to start writing ebooks to help women discover themselves, empower themselves and live a life they deserve.
Quote of the week?
Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.
Till next time – JJ