In honour of International Women's Day, we asked friends of the POPSUGAR Australia family to share what International Women's Day means to them. Read all our stories, celebrating F*cking Awesome Females and continue to spread our message of empowerment and equality not just on March 8, but every day.
For more than 100 years, March 8 has has come to be known as International Women's Day in countries around the world. An opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of women and promote gender equality. Ahead of this year's celebration, I thought I'd have a think about why this day is important to myself, the women who are close to me, and women of the world.
I started by thinking of the most important woman in my life. This of course is my mum, but March 8 just another day for her. Mum is super humble and has a heart of gold, she works as a special needs teacher but doesn't wish for praise or thanks for what can often be a difficult job. She never complains and in fact, loves her role and the impact it has on individuals and their families. I often think women do some of the most critical of jobs but they take it in their stride, are strong and do it without fuss. It can go unnoticed, but we need to change that.
Ahead of writing this piece, I Googled 'International Women's Day' to read more of the conversation around this meaningful day. A lot of the dialogue I found from both sexes stated that there shouldn't be an International Women's Day as it highlights the inequality and division amongst men and women. But it's an important day, and one where we need to reflect on how we can further close the divide between men and women, and perhaps the easiest way to start this wave of change, is with the women who we are closest to.
For me International Women's Day is a day about empowering, acknowledging and celebrating the amazing achievements women do, however big or small and what we (men) can do to further support them.
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