March 8th marks one of the greatest days in history! Yes ladies and gentlemen, lets welcome International Women’s Day! A day to raise awareness on gender inequality and celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.
“Connecting Girl. Inspiring Futures”. The motto of 2014 International Women’s Day. One that I am sure has filled your social media feeds!
I thought it would only be fitting to begin with thanking women in the media today – the unforgettable debt to Kim Kardashian for showing young girls how hard work pays off – oh the blood, sweat and tears (literally) taken to make the one sex tape that broke Hollywood. Miley Cyrus, for not letting us girls down and giving us an opportunity to redeem ourselves with perfecting the twerk. Last but not least, Kate Moss for reminding us how ‘nothing tastes better than being skinny’! Lets hope Primark stocked up on their size zeros.
Sadly, we live in world where the bad is thrived on and the good forgotten. So I would like to shine a light on those true inspirational women, who I would want as my sisters, daughters and even granddaughters role models.
Warning: Kleenex may be needed.
The plight of Malala Yousafzai, education activist, awakened us all and highlighted the courage and bravery of women around the world. The importance of education, respect and having a voice.
“I could either not speak and die, or speak and then die. I chose the second one” (Malala Yousafzai)
Emmeline Pankhurt, founder of the Women’s Socialist and Political Union, who played a vital role in gaining the vote for women during the suffragette movement in the early 20th century and spread a message of hope.
“We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.” (Emmeline Pankhurst)
Elizabeth Gaskell, the Queen of Victorian novels, who used her pen to highlight the economic and social divides in Engalnd as well as being the backbone to her husband’s success, William Gaskell.
“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life” (Elizabeth Gaskell)
The list of female activists who deserve to be remembered on this special day is endless. So I give three big cheers for all the women in every corner of the world, wishing them a Happy Internationals Women’s Day!
But in doing so, I want everyone to take a special moment to remember all those women still in suffering: the single mothers, those in unhealthy relationships, victims of rape and domestic violence and those who now call a war zone their home – a prayer goes out to all women in war torn countries whose homes, families and livelihoods have been destroyed.
I dedicate this post to one of the greatest women I ever knew – my Nan. R.I.P (17/02/2014)