“I won’t just survive
Oh, you will see me thrive
Can’t write my story
I’m beyond the archetype
I won’t just conform
No matter how you shake my core
‘Cause my roots—they run deep, oh
Oh, ye of so little faith
Don’t doubt it, don’t doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate
I’ll fight it, I’ll fight it
I will transform”
– Katy Perry, ‘Rise’
(Here’s my recommended Feminist playlist on Spotify, a perfect companion to this post and the International Women’s Day):
“I’d rather be a rebel than a slave.” Emmeline Pankhurst didn’t have Twitter or a hashtag, but she knew how to coin a phrase. This year the theme for International Women’s Day echoes that sentiment with #BeBoldForChange.
Happy International Women’s Day. The IWD website describes it:
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
This year, the campaign theme is #BeBoldForChange and I’d like to call for you to support this. We want a more inclusive world, especially in the working world, where women are still being penalized, where the big ol’ boys club still exists, and where working mothers are still often marginalised.
We can change this, ladies. We can call for parity, our voice louder than before and help girls and women achieve their dreams, wherever and whatever they may be. We have to drive change together. When strong women come together, we can lift one another up and help each and every one of us achieve greatness. Until then, our work is not done. As a mother of a little girl, I am deeply concerned when I read this nugget of information from IWD’s website:
World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186
Take the time to reflect on how you want to #BeBoldForChange.
Take the time to realise all the incidents that have happened worldwide in the past years, incidents that women are still facing daily (harassment at work, bodyshaming and men making decision on women’s bodily choices, sexual assaults and men getting away with a light slap on the wrist, rape culture, educated women are still not getting the same salary as their counterpart etc). In some culture, being born a girl is still a curse and infanticide exists. Hell, female genital mutilation STILL exists in this age.
At Socially Amplified, I pledge to help back-to-work mothers find their foot feet back into the working environment. I hope to be able to change the way businesses work by hiring these mothers on a flexible working arrangements, knowing fully that these ladies are change agents – they will deliver and balance children and family just fine. Mothers, single or married, should not be penalized, rather, they should be celebrated for being the natural leaders that they are.
Together, we can make a difference in each others life. We need to stand in solidarity, support and #BeBoldForChange
I leave the post with some of the inspiring women whose quotes resonate with me.
(many thanks Justyn O. for proof-reading)