Today is International Women’s Day, a day that is recognized around the world. Today, we celebrate the women in our lives and we stand up for equality. This year, some women are going the extra mile and celebrating with the International Women’s Strike, which encourages other women to stop all work – both paid and unpaid – to speak louder for equal pay, equal rights and to show the world how valuable women are.
You may be wondering why Women’s Day matters. What’s the big deal? Why is this day something we should celebrate or even think about? If you’ve never thought about Women’s Day before or you don’t see the point, below are 4 reasons to consider regarding why this is a day you should care about.
- You Deserve to Celebrate Yourself!
International Women’s Day doesn’t only have to be a day to celebrate the other women in your life. Choose to celebrate yourself and all the things you bring into this world! Be a little more kind to yourself today, take the time out to relax and do the things that bring you joy! It’s the perfect day to celebrate being a woman and embracing every part of yourself.
- Women’s Equality Matters
As a gender, women have come a long way when it comes to equal rights. The times that we couldn’t vote and weren’t accepted in the workplace may not be around anymore, but we didn’t get to where we are now by accident. We got here by strong women standing up for what we deserve! We’ve made big strides, but I don’t feel like we’ve reached 100% equality. It is still common for a woman to earn less than a man in the same position at work. We still have to regularly fight to keep our rights over our bodies and reproductive options. Today, we stand up for our rights to equality and stand up for all the things that we provide the world as women!
- There’s Nothing Wrong with Standing Up for Yourself
Standing up for what you believe in and standing up for yourself can be scary. Sometimes, voicing your opinion can upset others, but sometimes it’s also needed! You are an amazing human being and there is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and for what you believe in. There is power in choosing to stand up! By standing up for women, we take an active position in supporting each other, embracing each other and letting all women know that they matter.
- You Can Celebrate & Stand Up with Small Gestures
Celebrate International Women’s Day in a way that you feel is the best for you. If you don’t want to stop all types of work as part of the International Women’s Day Strike, then don’t. The small gestures matter! Start small, by striving to take a little better care of yourself today or treating yourself to a treat. Today is a day to recognize women, however you want to do so. You can send a message to your mom or grandmother to thank them for everything they’ve done for you or buy flowers for one of your best friends that has made a difference in your life. It doesn’t have to be something big and outrageous. Celebrate today in your own way!
Overall, International Women’s Day matters because you matter! Being a woman matters and it is something that should be celebrated. We all deserve to be able to embrace who we are and not be afraid to celebrate being a woman.
How are you celebrating International Women’s Day today?