Today (8th March) is a day to celebrate women all around the world. A day to show everyone that we are as capable of doing anything we want to. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America. On March 8, 1917, in the capital of the Russian Empire, Petrograd, a demonstration of women textile workers began, covering the whole city. This was the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, the Emperor of Russia Nicholas II abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. March 8 was declared a national holiday in Soviet Russia in 1917. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.
In many places around the world Women are considered inferior compared to the male gender. Why? It is because society condemned us as weak and inferior. We are living in the 21st century and though we should have made a progress towards getting out of the stereotype line of -“A woman’s role is in the kitchen”; many people around the world still believe it. The sad part about this is that some women say nothing about it and they too believe that it is true.
Many people say that this is something that is prominent only among those who do not have a proper education, however this issue is present even in societies with educated individuals. I sometimes blame culture and the thoughts of the generations before us for igniting and spreading such beliefs.
Any woman out there is as capable as any man. Growing up in a culture (Indian culture) where women’s rights are not very well documented, I strongly have a feeling of dislike to those who spread these thoughts in any way.
Women should know how strong they are and how important this strength is in today’s world. We are not in any way inferior to men and we should never be told other wise.
In one of my previous posts I mentioned a lady who stated that if she had a daughter instead of a son, she would have gotten the daughter married off at a young age; without sending her for further studies because she really didn’t see what the daughter would have done with her life if she had finished her education. I really thank God that this woman has a son. However, she will pass this knowledge and thinking of hers on to her son, who will then treat women as if they were inferior to him.
Also I am thankful to those women around me, especially my mother, for always encouraging me to reach for my dreams. Despite being Indian, her family broke away from believing it can only be a son who makes the family proud. She unlike many other mothers and parents I know, has told me to build a name for myself before I think of settling down. And if I do decide to do so, to make sure that I am happy; which I love because I have seen so many women, sort of, told to get married at a young age (mid and early twenties) and this is what has been instilled into their minds, hence they do not know any other way.
I have a huge amount of respect for men and women out there who encourage young girls and other women to reach for their goals and encourage them to keep going so that they can be successful.
Today we celebrate all the successful women out there who have broken away from the barrier that women cannot be successful, and today should be reminder to women all over the world that we need to stand together in order to make progress.
Hey everyone, this is me returning from my break. I will explain what fueled this decision in my next blog post.
This topic and day is something I feel very passionate about and hence I felt the importance to share a few words. Also to those who saw my last post (now unpublished) and were worried in any way because I did get a few responses, thank you for your concern and I am doing much better; once again I will explain this in my next post 🙂 .
Also watch out for a poem on this topic; I really wanted to write one for today but I don’t have time.