Happy International Women's Day to you! Whether you're a woman or a man who supports gender equality, it's a day to think about how women have come so far as a gender, and what there still is to be done.
I chose to wait and write this after I'd watched Emma Watson's #HeForShe live conversation on Facebook. That just ended, and I'm typing my thoughts as they come to me. There is so much I could say but I'm not here for a rant, so I'll keep it as short as I can.
I am a feminist. I believe in equality for both sexes. I haven't mentioned it before because this is a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blog... but wait I guess it's my lifestyle! If you can sit there and honestly say that gender inequality has never affected you, man or woman, then you are a very lucky person. That having been said I read a very good quote today on Instagram that went "If someone near you was shot but the bullet missed you, would you say they weren't in pain because you aren't?"
If that is the case and you feel like you don't need feminism, I would do a quick google of "child brides" or the journey of "Malala Yousafzai" (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) or please read this incredible post, and give a thought for people not so lucky as you.
In the live conversation Emma just had she said that "it starts very young with girls and boys being told what they have to be". Boys must be this, girls must be that... pink/blue sweet/strong submissive/dominant. I think International Women's Day is about women just going about being awesome women, whether that be stereotypically ~feminine~ women or women fighting for their place in things usually considered ~masculine~ like politics, becoming a CEO or an engineer (I could go on and on with those examples). Women are fab and I'm proud to be one.
There's sooo much I could keep going with in regards to issues both men and women face in the fight for gender quality but I'll leave it at that for now!
If you missed Emma's live chat about HeForShe with Greg James then I'm sure it will come online soon, and her original speech is here. I've also included below a YouTube video from one of the greatest feminist speeches that you might recognise from Beyonce's 'Flawless'.