Today is International Women’s Day. Today -even amidst the weirdness of the political situation here in the United States- is Women’s Appreciation Day around the world.
Some women are protesting. Some women are celebrating. Some women aren’t doing anything. I hope though that no matter your political standing that you take a moment to recognize the women in your life- including yourself (if you are a woman of course- lol).
Women fought for the rights that we have today and today is a day to be so very grateful for their sacrifice, their strength, their perseverance, and their persistence. We have come so far, and that is incredible. That is something worth celebrating.
We still have work to do, and saying that we still have work to do does not negate that we have come a long way. Saying that women still face struggles doesn’t discredit the ground that we have already covered. I would insist that ignoring the issues we still face as women is an insult to fight that came before us.
There is still a wage gap. Women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.
There is still an issue with the sexualization and objectification of women. One out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One out of every six women will be sexually assaulted and/or raped in her lifetime.
Women are capable and strong and persistent. All we seek is to be considered fully human and fully capable.