“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.”
MARCH is here, and it feels quite exciting. The weather looks fabulous for the next few days, which I’m sure pleases many of you. For me, I’m over here hoping for some SNOW in March, it’s not entirely impossible, and I’m hopeful. Today’s a good day. I’m enjoying the rain from my bedroom window. I hope you’re having a fabulous day as well.
This is the month of celebrations. I celebrate my birthday, and together we celebrate women’s history. March is the month of the year, where I find myself reflecting, evaluating, and re-positioning (if needed). As we embrace this beautiful month and prepare for a new season, may each of us take the time to love and celebrate ourselves and each other.
I started this month celebrating women the women in my life. Six other QUEENS and one PRINCESS (my 10-year-old niece) enjoyed Sunday brunch at my house (thank you Underhill Greek Eatery for providing the delicious food). There were three generations of women from my family and a few close friends. We laughed, we talked. We cried, and we shared our stories. The love in my dining room was indescribable. It was indeed an exceptional day and a beautiful unplanned start to my birthday month and women’s history.
Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls, and boys. It is everyone’s responsibility.
The theme for this year International Women’s Day 2020 (#IWD2020) is #EachforEqual – the idea is “an equal world is it enabled world.” I love this message because, as women, I firmly believe we are to change, we need to see in this world. If we take responsibility for ourselves, our thoughts, and our actions – our mindsets will change, and we can individually impact society as a whole.
We are struggling for a uniting word, but the good news is that we have a uniting movement.
As individuals, we are only responsible for ourselves. When we take responsibility, we see things differently and, in turn, do things differently. We become our own Victor and move away from being victims. We become bold and strong and make different choices. Let us celebrate every woman’s achievement (large or small), challenge stereotypes that have run our lives for a long time, and fight by biases. Our perception of ourselves changes, and that changes the perception of us as a whole on a grander scale, which leads to improved situations.
A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.
We can do what we can individually to make a genuine difference for women everywhere. Let’s think beyond ourselves today. I’m thinking about my nieces and their children, children. Having a gender-equal world is imperative. It makes for a more balanced and healthier world.
I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on my own side.
As a woman, I want gender equality in business, in the workplace, in Government in health, and wherever gender equality is lacking. For 2020 let’s look beyond this month of celebrating women and make it a priority to celebrate women throughout this year and beyond.
I close with love and peace to every woman out there.
Special thank you for the delicious food
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