on the sacrifices
of a million women before me
what can i do
to make this mountain taller
so the women after me
can see farther
In honor of International Women’s Day, I decided to share this special Saturday post with you reflecting,-as a young woman, on what the feminist movement means and how we can all celebrate not just women, but what they stand for.
Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
When you start looking at women’s issues like equal pay and breaking out of gender roles, you start to become more aware of the world around you, and the issues that affect so many people. Women's rights get us thinking about human rights, because I'd you think about it, it's not just women. It's everyone. Everyone should have equal pay, everyone should have access to healthcare.
But in advocating for women we are solving one piece of an intricate puzzle. It's just like Black Lives Matter. Saying Black Lives Matter doesn't mean that others don't, but it does mean that by highlighting certain issues affecting the black community, you also become more aware of the issues affecting other minorities, and in standing up for them you stand up and create awareness for everyone. Because these issues are not isolated, they affect multiple people, multiple communities in different forms and if we let them pass us by they're bound to get worse.
It's important to honor these struggles and those who have advocated and fought before us because no one is truly separate from another. Think about someone you've seen or you know, and take a moment to remember their eyes, and look into them deeply. In a way, they are you, and you, them. We don't all have the same issues, and it's important to honor that, but we do all have the same beating hearts. That's why we need to start standing together and advocating for one another, because these issues don't just affect one community, they affect all of us, in the way that we all have a part in them. But we have to choose exactly what part we play, and it's my hope that we will choose community and advocacy.
The Future is Female
The world is actively switching gears. For so long, it has felt like culture has generally chosen a masculine approach to life, one in which doing and goal-setting are hallmarks of our society. That is not a bad thing, however more often than not we prize productivity over self-care, burn out over rest. Now, it is becoming apparent that we need balance, to bring self-care to the forefront of our lives and begin inviting the feminine to lead us to a place of equilibrium.
The future is feminine, the future is balance. If we keep going according to our old habits we will drive ourselves into the ground. But by becoming grounded in our soulful, slow-paced femininity, we begin to feel more energized, more in flow. In celebrating women, we recognize that the energy they bring just by being themselves contributes greatly to society. The same goes for men who shoe up wholeheartedmy in their lives. We need that, and the energy that women bring can teach us how to achieve balance in our lives, so that we feel happy and fulfilled.
We Will Rise
Strong women are those who build each other up. That's what feminism is about, girls supporting girls and girls supporting justice, even when it doesn't benefit them. It's about standing up for fair trials, equal pay, and celebrating the feminine in everyone. It's about building each other up rather than tearing each other down, because we rise by lifting others.
May we only grow from here.
Thanks for joining me and here's to the women in our lives! Here's to you!
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, and I'll be back Tuesday with another post.