My Darling Boo,
It’s March 8th and across the globe women are coming together to celebrate the social, economic and political achievement of women for International Women’s Day.
There has been much talk this year as to whether we really need an International Women’s Day? Some may argue that by now we have surely achieved what the movement set out to accomplish 106 years ago; we have the vote, the right to work when married and an independent footing in society without the apparent need for a male backer. Does a dedicated day serve any relevance?
I believe now more than ever it does…
While you are sat in class learning and having fun, women are fighting to ensure that education is a fundamental for girls all over the world. Can you imagine turning up to school one morning and being told that you can no longer attend simply because you are a girl? While we sat and watched the appointment of Cressida Dick as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner you were charmingly oblivious to the significance of a women filling the position – as the way it should be.
I am envious of your innocence that we are all equal and therefore everyone will be treated the same, your face when you have fleeting moments of realisation that all is not fair is a snapshot of a crumpled dream. Yet many will try to silence you by saying Feminism is a man hating campaign; there will be name calling and belittling, but as I have always tried to teach you, it says more about them than you.
I also fear it won’t be long until you realise that one of our biggest enemies is other women who look for ways to knock others and their achievements down. Don’t allow someone to say that because you are feminine and at times frivolous (a joy afforded to the young) that your voice is any less worthy of being heard.
My generation were the ones that COULD be anything they desired, your generation will be the ones the ARE anything they desire. International Women’s Day is about equality and freedom of choice.
My dearest darling, there will be those that accuse you of wanting to have your cake and eat it but I leave you with this: if that is their biggest fear then perhaps it is them who need reminding that the purpose of cake is to be eaten…
Be bold, be brave, be happy and enjoy your beautiful slice of life.