Happy International Women’s Day everyone! This is one of my favourite days of the year, to celebrate all of the incredible things women have, and can produce in all aspects of life; as well as standing up for equality and feminism.
“International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights”
For years I never truly understood what feminism was, or what it could mean to me, until recently when I read ‘Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies‘ by Scarlett Curtis. The entire of this book was just incredible, and I was able to take away from that a good few lessons from the women who wrote a chapter in that book.
I have now learnt that there is nothing, in particular, you need to believe to be a feminist, and that you can actually be a feminist whoever you may be. For a few years in high school I wondered why us girls were never really voted or given the opportunity to do the sports that the lads got to do, like football for example. I knew it had to be something to do with the teachers or the education system being sexist but never actually had the balls to question why.
I still see sexism every single day. Through social media, hearing about my brother and sister’s days in school, and in public too. It’s absolutely bonkers that we still live in a world where sexism is still a regular occurrence, and women are hardly given the opportunity to be equal to men.
Today for me has meant going through my social media feed, and supporting other bloggers who are female who perhaps don’t do as well as others, and need all of the support they can possibly get. I’ve found some awesome bits and pieces which will of course be throughout this blog post and attached at the end.
Feminism to me means standing up for what we believe in and the equality of the sexes. We will not be stereotyped, and we will not be discriminated against for who we are and what our opinions may be.
I thought I would do something that Ellie did, and mention women who have inspired me throughout my entire life. Strong and bold women who have had an impact on the planet that I have simply admired.
Growing up watching Harry Potter was the first time I had seen Emma Watson perform and it’s fair to say I wanted to be Hermione Granger. I guess I can say part of the reason I love books so much is because of Hermione, and the way that Emma portrayed her character just made me fall in love with her.
Then I found that she did more! She was constantly campaigning, and talking about women’s rights, and working for charities in poorer countries, and helping all of these incredible people around the globe to feel like they were and are important!
When I was in Year 10 (I think) my English teacher, who bear in mind I had throughout the entirety of high school, introduced my class and I to a book by Maya Angelou called I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. In this book, Maya speaks of her life from childhood to the present (at the time) and her struggles with growing up as a black woman. It’s definitely a book I have to repurchase, but after I had read that book I looked up to Maya Angelou and how much of a fearless woman she truly was.
If you know me, you’ll know that for almost six years now I have been supporting Dodie since finding her probably around this sort of time of year in 2013. I fell in love with her music, her personality, and just the person she is.
She then started speaking out about mental health and actually helped me realise what my panic in certain situations was. I had no clue anxiety was a thing or depression for that matter, and Dodie is the reason I finally understood.
Since then I’ve bought every album, every EP, every single and supported her all the way. Music was something I wanted to go into from a young age, so Dodie was and still is a big idol for me.
Of course there are many other women on this planet that I have both met and not met, but I think today we should celebrate one another. Stand up for what we believe in and who we are.
*all graphics courtesy of Ellie!
I’d love to hear what feminism means to you in the comments below. Head over to Twitter and spam the heck out of #InternationalWomensDay ! ❤️
Until Next Time!
p.s – be sure to follow Ellie on Instagram! Her posts are to die for😍