Today is one of my favourite days of the year. The celebration of women from every inch of the earth should happen daily. I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the strong and powerful women in my life.
To my mom, my grandmothers, my aunts, my cousins, my friends, my teachers and my colleagues – thank you. Thank you for teaching me the value of womanhood. Thank you for teaching me that any dream of mine is possible with hard-work and perseverance. Thank you for showing me that I have control of what goes on in my life, no one can take that power from me. You all inspire me every day.
Men – this paragraph is for you. Yes, today is about celebrating women but you have a role to play as well. By continuously supporting the phenomenal women in your life, you should also be acknowledged. Standing beside women and fighting with them, not against, is the most courageous act that you can perform. If you’re a man who believes in an equal future for all, thank you. If you’re not, I suggest you get on board – this train is moving quickly.
Ladies, here’s to us and our bright future ahead. We’ve come so far, yet, still have so much to do. Let’s continue to grow together and advocate for equality.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she is standing up for all women” – MAYA ANGELOU
In the spirit of this day, I’ve shared some of my favourite feminist TED Talks that I think you will enjoy and gain some insight by listening to. I hope you learn as much as I did from these compelling speakers. I promise, they’re worth every minute.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
Yes, this is that speech in Beyoncé’s song, ***Flawless. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of feminism in our modern world. She explores how our society measures success differently for men and women. By engaging in this conversation, we can become more aware of how we can change these archaic values.
Justin Baldoni – Why I’m Done Trying to Be “Man Enough”
Nothing better than a heartthrob with a heart. Justin Baldoni offers a fresh perspective on what it means to be a man and how he wants to redefine masculinity. SPOILER: showing emotion and vulnerability doesn’t make you less of a man.
Roxane Gay – Confessions of a Bad Feminist
One of the best feminists of our time… and she’s still a “bad feminist”. Roxane Gay wants everyone to be aware of equality and how feminism has more layers than an onion. This talk is a piece that unifies all branches of feminism. She mentions the term: intersectional feminism. Pay attention to that.
Ziauddin Yousafzai – My Daughter, Malala
As I listened to Mr. Yousafzai speak, I thought of my own dad. He continuously supports my dreams and thinks I can do anything. When Mr. Yousafzai speaks about his daughter, Malala, you can see the hope in his eyes and the pride in his voice.
“Why is my daughter so strong? Because I didn’t clip her wings.” – ZIAUDDIN YOUSAFZAI
Sheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, strives for a world with more women leaders. She breaks down the reasons why women are seen as inferior to men within the workplace. I highly recommend you listen to her words if you want to understand how we need to even out this playing field.
Happy International Women’s Day!