International Women’s Day (Or, Why I’m Proud To Be A Woman)

Happy Sunday!

Today is International Women’s Day!

For those of you who don’t know what International Women’s Day is, it is the “…general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.”

Personally, I feel that these achievements should be celebrated each and every day. But today is the day where women across the globe can stand up and celebrate who they are and what they have accomplished.

International Women’s Day is not just for the rich or famous, it’s a holiday that celebrates every woman for who they are and what they have achieved in this world. It’s for the mothers, the daughters, the sisters of the world who influence and inspire the people around them everyday. It’s for every woman to be accepted for who they are, what they have accomplished, and what they will accomplish in the future.

It’s days like today where I’m proud to be a women. Because it shows me that while there’s still work to be done regarding gender equality, International Women’s Day reminds me why I’m proud to be in the same place as so many brave, talented and empowering women. And it inspires me to strive for success, to be ambitious, to work hard to reach my goals, and to never give up on myself.

And while some may scoff at this holiday, they should know that without women, some of the things they love the most would not be available to them without the hard work and efforts of the women around them. And please know that the fight for equality is far from over, it’s only just beginning.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are some of my favorite quotes about the power of women:

“Women are leaders everywhere you look — from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” — Nancy Pelosi

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Marilyn Monroe

“One is not born a woman, but becomes one.” – Simone de Beauvoir

Have a great Sunday!

xxoo

The Bechdel Test (And Why It’s So Important To Feminism)

Happy Thursday!

According to Wikipedia, the Bechdel Test, “asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.”

What I took away from this definition is that many popular works today (from books to movies to television) fail this test. This over time can be detrimental to woman’s rights. I think if two women just talk about a man, it takes away from the women; that’s because they definitely have more to talk and think about then their male counterparts. The sad thing is that a lot of movies nowadays don’t even pass the test, which is a little reflective of how today’s society views women’s relationships (either platonic or romantic).

It’s truly ridiculous when you think about the fact that even a 30-second conversation between women could pass the Bechdel Test if they just talked about anything else then men.

The Bechdel Test is extremely important, particularly from a feminist point of view. If the media refuses to create new and interesting character relationships between women, what does that say about the society in which we live?

I plan to do a follow-up post on this subject, but please let me know what you think!

xxoo

I Am A Feminist (And I’m Not The Least Bit Ashamed To Be)

Happy Monday!

fem·i·nist, feminist: noun
1. a person who supports feminism.

But what is the definition of feminism?

fem·i·nism, feminism: noun
1. the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

Based on those definitions, I am a feminist. And I am not ashamed to be one. But if someone had asked me if I were a feminist back when I was 15 or 16, I would of denied any relationship with the word.

Why?

Because to me at that time, it meant being a “man-hater,” an activist, someone who was assertive or demanding. Someone who wanted to be better than men, or to make them seem obsolete. It’s clear to see that at that time, I had no idea what it truly meant. I’m happy to say I know better now.

I am a feminist because my rights should be equal to men. I shouldn’t have to work twice as hard to make less. I want to be a mother someday and I want my children to feel safe and proud of who they are in the world.

Because I am a college student who has been told that when I travel abroad next semester and get verbally or even physically harassed, I should just let it happen. Because I’ve been told that it’s common in that culture

No one would dare say that to my male counterparts. But to me, as a woman?  Well, sweetie, I guess it just happens, you’ll have to learn how to deal with it.

I shouldn’t have to walk in fear to my house every night when it is dark, or feel compelled to call someone, anyone, on my phone just in case something happens. I have to clutch my keys in my pocket, and remember the self-defense moves I learned on the Internet, just in case.

I am a feminist. And while I used to be ashamed of the word, I am no longer so.

And if you have a problem with it, that’s fine. I’d be more than happy to discuss certain ideas with you.

But please know that I am not planning on changing my ideas anytime soon. I am proud of who I am. And I hope one day all women can be proud of who they are too.