April come she will

I think I’m on a Simon/Garfunkel kick? Seems like a good time to get into them.

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National Woman’s Day: Or rather, what it means to be a woman in 2013

 

So, it’s 2012. No, 2013–sorry, my fingers keeping slipping onto the 2 key. And we’re recognizing women’s day all over the world.

And guess what? It’s been going on for a whopping 105 years (woot!).

Ladies (and gents, if you happen upon this), we’ve definitely come a long way in the past few centuries. And I’m not just talking about just in the first world countries. Yes yes, I know we’ve still got a ways to go and perhaps we’ve made only a quarter of a fraction of success. But you know what? We’re getting there. And  if we didn’t have to push, why would we be still having this discussion?

Some people say that feminism is dying a slow death in today’s world.  Hmm. There are endless arguments to prove this theory, but I don’t see it as dying. Rather, I see it as taking on a different spin based on our social needs. And perhaps, in turn, it has turned into something entirely different than what it set out to be. As someone else stated, it’s a loaded term–it has a whole bunch of different meanings to different people.

Just as societal norms continue to change, so will the perceptions of what feminism means to us. 300 years from now, views of feminism will mean something entirely different from what it is today.

Throughout the centuries, it has taken on different aspirations based on their social movements, and what women wanted to change in their society. At one time, women in England/Europe were fighting for the right to an education. That same fight is still happening in the East today, with Malala Yousafzai leading the way. Earning the right to vote is also an ongoing battle in places around the world. So, why would feminism still be considered dead or dying?

In terms of womens’ social needs today (let’s say in North America to specify), even though we’ve won the opportunity to speak out, and break the glass ceiling and beyond, it most certainly doesn’t mean we’ve achieved all. There is still a fight for equality going on. Just as much here, as it is around the world. Women continued to be subjected to rape and abuse. They–or should I say, we— are still viewed as objects.

What I’m getting at here with my feminist-y rant is that there is still work to be done.  It’s a day for awareness, and it’s a day to celebrate women. We’ve overcome some monumental achievements to get to where we are now, and no doubt there will be more to come in the future. It’s not a matter of pitting ourselves against males. It’s a matter of making our voices heard, especially for those who’s are being stifled.

There’s no stopping just yet-and if there’s a cause worth fighting for, it’s definitely this one.