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International Women’s Day!

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I felt it was a good time, as it’s been International Women’s day to mention the F word here on my blog.  And that word is….

…Feminism!

I was always so put off that word, especially when I was a young girl.  I think I didn’t like it because I didn’t really understanding the true meaning of the word.

You see when I was a young girl being feminist meant that you didn’t like men.  That you were always drawing attention to inequality and that by bringing a microscope to it, it was bringing something into existence that would be better just dealt with and rebutted via your actions, than by your vocal pouting and shouting.  It was a bit like pouting at a big spot on your forehead and saying ; look at this big spot…isn’t it horrible’ instead of just carrying on like it wasn’t there and holding your head high.

As I’ve gotten older I’m now proud to say that I am a feminist.  I feel like I understand it better now.

Parliamentar-seats-graphic

The proportion of women who hold political representation roles compared to men

For example I feel strongly that women are equal to men and that they should be treated accordingly.  I feel that that there should be a better representation in parliament.  Quite frankly I feel that older white men, that currently make up the majority, cannot adequately represent my views.

I feel that women should receive equal pay, access to education and be given the same social and cultural freedom that men do….to say the least.

As we approach International Women’s Day, it’s a good opportunity I feel, for us to reflect on what we do do help this movement.  To be brave, to break boundaries, prejudices and quire frankly the scary and down right ridiculous thinking of some who still feel that this shouldn’t be the case.  It does exist and it continues to be an issue unless we speak up and fight for it.

Instead of trying to even make sense of this most important movement by rambling in an blog, that I hope we are all men and women included, a part of.  I will instead include this link to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Malala Yousafzai.  A young girl, who at the age of 15 was shot for merely attending school as the Taliban are against young women having access to an education.

http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-sunday/why-malala-yousafzai-has-never-been-angry-at-the-men-who-shot-her

Instead of staying small past her miraculous recovery, she now fights for the rights for a young woman’s access to an education.

One of the most inspiring young feminists I’ve ever seen…how can we not support her and try and follow in her footsteps.

Til next week!

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