I hadn’t been planning to write a blog post tonight, but the significance of today is too important to ignore. So, here goes, and forgive me if the thoughts I want to communicate don’t come out perfect: Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day. Basically, this is a date to commemorate the progress women have made throughout the world, honor the women who pushed for that progress, and recognize the progress that still needs to be gained to ensure that women worldwide have equal rights and opportunities.
Needless to say, the 14 months since You Know Who became You Know What have seen multitudes of women step up and make their voice be heard. Many terms have been introduced to describe the movement, the issues, the passion, or all three: Women’s March. Pink pussy hats. #MeToo. #TimesUp. Accountability. Equal pay. Equal opportunity. Reform. Inclusion rider. Inspiration. And a few other terms that escape my mind at the moment. Whatever the term or the subject, it’s certainly made a positive and lasting impression, and have made passionate people out of multitudes of women and a whole lot of supportive men who are speaking up and speaking out. And certainly making those who spoke up before us and are passing the torch to us all the more proud.
That’s not to say that every stand has been made and every issue has been resolved. Some of my fellow sisters in the trans community may look at International Women’s Day and don’t think that this is their day. They may be out or closeted, fully transitioned or coming into their own. But they also may feel left out, that their voices and issues are not are not being heard.
My trans sisters’ concerns are valid. And so are the concerns of females in other minority groups, from the indigenous women in Canada to women and young girls in regions such as Africa, they face difficulties and misogyny some of us can’t bear to fathom. Surely, though, there will be a day where women will be judged not by their age or nationality, nor will they be judged by their beauty or fertility. Hopefully, that day will come before we know it. And hopefully, that day will also include those that some in the world only see as male by birth but are really female in true identity.
I hope, too, that those who feel underappreciated or live in far flung reaches of the world will feel inspired by those women who are speaking up now and are gaining renown and results as a result. So, to those who are afraid to speak up or do not know how — be they a woman in a remote country who is intimidated by the alpha males around her… or a girl in a small town trying to understand her sexual identity but is afraid to come out of the closet… or another who’s trying to decipher their own gender identity but is unsure on how to proceed… or a professional in an ivory business tower having to withstand the misogyny around her and a glass ceiling above her, know this: Inspiration may feel hard to come by, but it can be just a call or mouse click away. Inspiration may also be right inside you, just waiting to get from your heart to your mind and then to your spirit.
So, on this International Women’s Day, here’s to all the women of the world. You may come from various backgrounds or may not speak the same language. But you are showing inspiration and speaking volumes to everyone — including and especially your fellow women — just by being who you are and showing your passion. This really is your day.