Imagine your world without women…Seriously. Sit down (or stand, your choice, because you have the choice) and think about what your world would be without women. Not just the women in your life. Not just your mother, your wife, your sister, your aunt, your friend, your daughter, you colleague. But women in general. The strong, brave, intelligent, innovative generous passionate women in history. Would your life be as it is today? It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you wouldn’t be where you are today if weren’t for both the men and women that made big changes in the past and those that are making great changes now. So why is it that we hesitate and need to be prompted to celebrate the great women in the world? Why do we create obstacles for women to reach height when their brothers don’t even have to imagine that those obstacles would exist? Why do we not let out daughters dream bigger dreams like we do our sons? We have come a long way, it true, but we are still shackled to the mentality of inequality.
We challenge you to teach your daughters to be free of the mental anchors that make them believe that they cannot go further than what has already been achieved. We challenge you teach them that and ceiling is there to be smashed through. Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox write in their article in Governance Studies that the reason there isn’t gender parity in Public Office if in fact because women don’t run. If they run they would win, but they don’t because of the many excuses they give themselves. That they are not qualifies enough, or think they simply won’t win. So, let us challenge ourselves to release our women’s way of thinking. And the best way we can do that is by supporting them. The women’s growth in society is growth for the whole world. Why do we expect to rise when we keep half of what makes up our society under our feet? We rise when we all unity in the common goal TOGETHER.
This year when you celebrate International Women’s Day don’t be passive about it. Don’t look at a woman and thing “Hey you are a woman let me wish you a happy day”. Make it count make it mean something. Not just for her but to the entire gender.