Today is International Women’s Day, March 8th! What exactly are we celebrating though and what does it mean to be a woman? To answer this question we have collaborated with Always, Kaye on a project #BeingAWoman. We thought it would be interesting to share our take on the question of what it means to be a woman. We have also included photos of some of our friends sharing their thoughts and we would love to hear what you have to say in the comments.
Kvitka: #BeingAWoman, I will admit that it took me some time to come up with an answer that I thought enveloped all the different aspects of what it means to be a woman. I promote equality for everyone; therefore, being a woman is to not have to question what makes us different, we’re all equal. Although these characteristics are not specific to an identity, I wish to be a woman that radiates confidence, boldness, bravery, epicness, and grace.
I shall leave you with this. Being a woman is appreciating equality that women throughout history have fought for. It is about realizing that my life would be shaped very differently had brave individuals not stood up for women’s rights. I have the privilege of feeling equal in my workplace, at school, amongst friends, and at home. Therefore, being a woman, my mission is to advocate for this type of equality elsewhere, to corners of the earth where this privilege has not yet been fulfilled.
Rochelle: Every time I try to think of words to describe what being a woman is like, I come up with words like strength. Anyone can be strong but personally, I feel that women (of every color) are especially strong. Being a woman means weathering a shit storm of everything from periods, wage inequality, sexism and other similar fun things. Women like Marie Curie, Oprah Winfrey, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks make up just a few of a huge list of women who inspire and essentially paved the path to the lives we lead today.
To me, in 2016, being a woman means to always remember the lives of women who worked their asses off for things I take for granted. My job, my education, my independence, my right to vote, everything I love about my life is because those women chose to speak up against injustice. I love being a woman (despite the monthly “I wish I was a man” comment). On International Women’s Day, I want to applaud every single person who fought and fights for equality because in the end, equality is the prize we are all reaching for.
We hope to enjoyed this post! Let us know, what does it mean to be a woman to you?
~ With love,
Rochelle and Kvitka ~