Have we overused Beyoncé’s song the past few years when talking about and creating campaigns for International Women’s Day? What other options can you think of? The late Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”? Or Bob Marley’s “No woman, no Cry” that has been misunderstood as Sir Nesta meaning without women, there will be no more sorrow?
Songs or no songs, we take pride in this special day that is celebrated in many countries around the world.
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. It is a day when women are recognized for their role, work and achievements regardless of ethnic, national, cultural, economic or political differences. The month of March itself is recognised as Women’s History Month in the USA.
Here in Bali, Indonesia, we too have been celebrating this estrogenous day. Hotels organise activities to voice the objective of the day; from holding leadership seminars, to fun workshops ending with a spa treatment. Other companies treat their female employees with special perks like a movie day out. Social media has been raving about the topic, connecting communities to support each other’s work in facilitating women’s success. The #WomensDay hashtag goes viral every year and the annual campaign theme continues in popularity throughout the year.
But it’s not just about creating trending based content.
- The annual International Women’s Day campaign provides a year-long point of reference and direction for women, offering a framework for uniting global activities aimed at improving gender parity.
- If we look closer it is also about women realising their true power, and raising the bar higher for themselves. It is a moment to talk to our daughters so they know they can become astronauts, play soccer, and that it is not weird to like both dance and karate lessons.
- It is an opportunity to seek out ways to help sister women, and children, who may not be as exposed as we are, when it comes to education, healthcare access, or career options. It is a day to also be thankful for the sister women before us who fought a likely harder battle so women can now vote, become president, run a marathon, or simply write this editorial and feel all giddy about all the future possibilities for our daughters.
- Most important: So that all the time and effort we put into this annual occasion be a part of our natural daily routine and activities.
- About staying true to ourselves, and simply… just.be.kind
Overhyped, or not – Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Marley’s melodies – we pledge to still be talking about the phrase “Independent Woman” until it becomes as absurd as “Independent Man”.It is no coincidence that the word feminism is still the most looked up word over the past year.
PS: At time of writing, all the aforementioned songs were booming in this writer’s office.
Here are two events you can attend to better celebrate the day:
And below, are some articles that we’d like our ladies to read or re read because it’s mostly about us.
If you’re single:
Are you a Mama? Or you’re that cool aunt looking for cool things to buy for cute kids?
Time to flip that beautiful hair of yours?
Woman of art?
Or, spa enthusiasts?
Or, you want to make a difference?