that’s probably because you’re one of the very lucky women (and men!) in the world for whom “corrective” rape, forced marriage, FGM don’t (or more accurately, comparatively rarely) happen. It’s probably because, through an accident of birth, and no effort on your part, you were born in a place where the vote had already been won, equal pay has already been fought for, the right to abortion has been granted, and your right to chose a contraceptive of your choice has been granted. It may even be that you live somewhere that those contraceptives are actually free. It could be because you were born in a place where you can can read what you like, drive if you want, and shop unchaperoned. It could be because other women (and men) fought for these rights that are now so common we often don’t even notice not everyone has them. It could be you don’t know there are women (and men) who gave their lives so that you could enjoy safety and security and ambition and hope. (Yes, there are bound to be more reasons, feel free to add your own in comments.)
And IF that is the case for you – as it is for me – then please, let’s not discuss whether or not International Women’s day is useful or relevant, let’s get on with making sure other women have so much liberty and freedom and education and hope and TIME so that they too can sit around wondering “is it for me?” That is, if you don’t feel it’s for you, the clue’s probably in the INTERNATIONAL – in which case, look out, look further.
and if, by any chance, you STILL think it’s not for you or still want to say “I’m not a feminist but …”, then here’s why it is for you too.
And … happy would-have-been 91st birthday to my Dad.
I couldnt agree more. So many forget how lucky they are through the good fortune and luck of being born in the ‘right country’ at the right time.
Lest not forget those brave, forthright women whom went before us like Emmiline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and many many more campainging for what we have by birth right; and we should certainly not forget those whom daily face oppression, inequality and a lack of personal, social, economic and political freedom that we take as a given.
As a man, I whole-heartedly agree.
Too many people take for granted the rights and freedoms they have and don’t appreciate the efforts of courageous and enlightened people who have fought discrimination and vested interests to achieve them. Hopefully ‘International Days’ like this one will enlighten a few more.
How can i get on with making sure other women have as much liberty, freedom, hope and time as I have?
not sure if this is a rhetorical question or not, but there are plenty of organisations doing just that, from smaller British women’s groups (like those supporting refuges) and much larger national and international organisations.
Thanks for the details! :0)