Why does International Women’s Day matter? Does it make any difference to us at all? I’ve been thinking about this…well at least for a couple of months, since before the Womens’ March in January (2017). Actually, I’ve been thinking about this probably my whole life. Why? Because I am female, because I’m Hispanic, I live on a border (to Mexico), because I choose the alternatives in health care, education, religion and nutrition. Because I’m a mother, a grandmother, a business owner.
Mostly because I care what kind of world I live in. I care because I want honor and respect for the Earth, humanity and all the creepy crawlies, the birds, the fish, the mountains and oceans, because I care about the way women are treated both here in the US and around the world, and because I want to be treated with dignity.
Here are my 7 Reasons why International Women’s Day Matters:
- Because there are people working to educate and bring us new awareness International Women’s Day theme this year is #BeBoldforChange. They have a variety of resources including videos and social media and events.
- Women have been struggling for equality, recognition and honor for centuries…now is the time!
- Gender Inequality still exists in the world
- Gender Inequality still exists in the US
- Violence is still an issue.
- The Women’s March inspired us and gave us hope. I particularly like the Women’s March Mission and Vision Statement. It’s something that inspires me!
- Because I have hope. I have hope that things are really getting better. When I read this blog on 99 Reasons 2016 was a Good Year, it gave me great hope. I have hope that my children and grandchildren will live in a world that honor and respects Mother Earth and differences and gifts of each of us. I have hope because we are all connected, to each other, to the rest of creation. Caring for, protecting and honoring our home on earth helps us all.
I do think International Women’s Day is important, for all of us!
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