What Does It Mean To Be A Woman?

 

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“Girls just wanna have fundamental human rights.”

I believe this phrase really sums up what International Women’s Day should always be about.

Today isn’t a day to talk about the romantic divine version of what it is to be a woman.

Today isn’t about being celebrated for being a multi-tasker who takes care of the money, the house and the family alone and always looks flawless and on high heels.

Today is a day to REMEMBER how painful it is to be a woman — and white women, be aware: We Are Privileged.

Today is a day to remember that while white women were fighting for the right to have a job, black women were already “working” since slavery.

Today is a day to remember about the indigenous women, and the Muslim women, and the refugee’s women, and the women who are still girls but were forced to be a man’s woman.

Today is a day to remember that women with disabilities are still fighting for dignity. The dignity to come and go wherever we please, the dignity to be seen as someone differently-abled and not disabled.

Today is a day to remember all the women that came before us and fought to enable our present.

Today is a day to be grateful for all our ancestors who believed that no matter what gender, race, body appearance, location, we all are worthy of fundamental human rights.

Today is a day to be grateful for the women who are still fighting because they believe in a better future for us and the ones who’ll come after us.

Today is a day to have Hope for the future women who’ll be living a better present but will still be fighting for the ones who’ll come after them.

Today is a day to remember that we are one and our diversity and different opinions make us strong, not weak.

Today is a day to KNOW that Feminism isn’t “man-hating”, it’s only fighting for human rights to be applied to all human.

Today is a day to know that Feminism wouldn’t have to exist if we lived in a just society.

Today is a day to know that when we talk about Feminism we mustn’t forget about Race, Gender and privileges.

Today is a day to know that Empowerment isn’t about having financial freedom or being a businesswoman or not wear makeup.

Today is a day to know that empowering is to give power and not perpetuate the oppression when being in empowered positions.

Today is a day to look inside of yourself and ask what it means to be a woman — critically.

Today is not a “Happy” International Women’s Day.

Today is a Remember Women’s Day.

This flower is from me, a Woman, to all of the brave Humans. ❤

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