International Women’s Day is held annually, on March 8th to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. In addition, it is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
This Day Has Churned Controversy — Needed Conversations
Interesting, powerful and memorable.
Among these conversations and actions taking the movement by storm are the 24 hour strikes and rallies that kicked off at midnight in the capital Madrid.
Protesters have gathered at the central square.
Collectively, they are banging pots and pans as the city council buildings behind them were lit up in purple, the official colour of International Women’s Day of 2018.
“Today we claim a society free of oppression, exploitation and sexual violence,” the nation’s first “feminist strike” in their manifesto. “We call for rebellion and the struggle against the alliance between patriarchy and capitalism that wants us to be docile, submissive and silent.”
What is it that we are Celebrating?
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the;
- political achievements
… of women.
The day also marks a CALL TO ACTION for accelerating gender parity.
“We demand a radical transformation of society: We strike against economic violence, precariousness and discrimination.”
This morning on a Facebook Live, I asked the Brave Ecstatic Woman community who are the powerful, inspirational and thought leaders that come to mind for them. Not only today either — every day. Because, I do believe as women we should be celebrated everyday. And, this does not mean flowers and candies — this means rights and acknowledgement. It means affecting change and shaping the future.
And, a member of that community posed the same question to me.
My response was this …
‘My Council or Super Sheroes includes Maya Angelou, Cleopatra, and Rosa Parks‘
I would imagine without question you are familiar with these names. And, in the event they are not — you are in for a treat today!
My International Women’s Day Council and Sheroes …
Let’s start with Maya Angelou, shall we?
An American author, poet, and memoirist, an impactful civil rights leader who collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights movement. You are likely familiar with he endless quotations people share regularly — her voice continues to speak loud and powerful to this day. She faced adversity, many kinds.
As a woman.
A woman of colour.
Need we say more? Her mission, vision and love of humans was evident in the philanthropy work she did be It consciously or not. Meet the first woman who comes to mind on International Women’s Day.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Secondly, let’s move onto Cleopatra.
Cleopatra has been described as one of the most famous women in history. Known for her beauty, her seduction of Julius Caesar and the love of her life Marc Anthony. In addition, she was also known for intellect. After all, a powerful woman possesses more than just — however, we all know what the perception often is.
She is seen as a woman who was quite capable of ruling in her own right, without needing the guidance of a man. But, she could also seduce the men of the Roman Empire.
Meaning, the men she needed to influence if she were to keep her people free from excess Roman domination.She also hoped to make her son the heir to the imperial crown of the Romans, although she was less successful in that.
So to speak.
Last but certainly not least Rosa Parks.
‘One evening in early December, 1955, I was sitting in the front seat of the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The white people were sitting in the white section. More white people got on, and they filled up all the seats in the white section. When that happened, we black people were supposed to give up our seats to the whites. But I didn’t move. The white driver said, “Let me have those front seats.” I didn’t get up. I was tired of giving in to white people.’
This was the beginning of an incredible movement in the United States. And, worldwide. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – not well-known nationally before Rosa Parks was arrested – also rose to prominence as he urged Montgomery’s African-American citizens to participate in a bus boycott.
That boycott lasted 382 days, ending (in December of 1956) after bus companies, throughout Alabama, had no choice but to change their actions. Therefore, the United Stated Supreme Court had issued a ruling. They declared that segregation, on all public transportation, was illegal.
Calling Rosa Parks an advocate or activist, just isn’t enough. She went on to be the recipient of several honours and concluded writing four (4) books before she passed away at the age of 92.
She, is a life that one could look back at and have no regrets. Right?
However, a safer assumption might be that she was a woman who would do it all over again — and then some. Always, striving for more. For better.
Final Thoughts On International Women’s Day
‘Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues’ — Charlotte Bunch
I would love to hear how you celebrated your day. Are there women you look up to — your Sheroes?
P.S. The image used for this blog is a personal one. A day, I will never forget …