APPLE SEEDS: Yeah… Women deserve a day!
International Women’s Day is over 100 years old today! Celebrate and Rejoice!
Some might say “so what?” I have had friends and colleagues over the years, debate whether celebrating women on a special day is just a different means of discrimination.In my previous life, I was involved with a tremendous initiative, annually celebrating the accomplishments of “Remarkable Women of Quinte”. That same-old, same-old conversation was bound to get started somewhere in the pit. Why women? Men are remarkable too. Why isn’t there a day for men?
Well my friends, there is. Beat your chests and mark your calendars for November 19th, International Men’s Day, and like its female counterpart has a theme.
Men’s and boy’s health tends to be the main focus, “Stop Male Suicide” being the most recent in 2016, although, to quote from their website “the day is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.” Okay… I get it… Guys are great!
Taking my tongue from my cheek, I recognize that there are issues facing all humanity, from all walks of life.
The truth is that domestic violence, mainly against women and children, kills far more people than wars and costs the world economy more than $8 trillion a year.
The truth is that girls are sexually assaulted four times more than boys.
The truth is that a woman today will earn about 74 cents for the dollar a man in the same job will earn. Gender Pay Gap is a thing. It has a name.
The truth is that women are not equally represented in business. The retail trade force is over half women, with a whopping 8.9% performing as CEOs in that industry.
The truth is that women are not equally represented in politics. Just 26% of Canadian parliament is female. Yes… it is improving. Women hold 12 more seats than they did in 2011. Trudeau did come through on his promise and appointed a gender balanced cabinet with 50% women, admittedly a step forward.Urban Dictionary defines “feminism” as the belief that women are intellectual and social equals to men. Biology need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities and rights.
Feminism embraces the right to equality, freedom and choice, in whatever form; however that freedom and choice looks like.
There is a school of thought whereby there is no middle ground. You are either a feminist or a sexist. In many cases, the “sexist” (not necessarily male) has absolutely no concept that this thought process exists within themselves as a product of their environment, their culture or society.
My feminist recognizes that men and women do not need to be clones of each other. Yes… we are physically different. Yes… estrogen and testosterone causes physiological differences in our bodies and responses. That has nothing to do with equality, freedom and choice.
A cartoon from the NEW YORKER depicted a breastfeeding mom sitting beside a businessman on public transit with the caption “Could you not do that? Keeping babies alive in public makes me uncomfortable.”
We’ve come a long way baby! We have a long way to go!
Today, and everyday, #BeBoldForChange.
Challenge bias and inequality.
Campaign actively against violence.
Celebrate the achievements of women in your circle, in your community and in your world.
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