International Women’s Day
The 8th of March is known as International Women's Day. In Germany people are now calling it "feministischer Kampftag" which translates to 'feministic fight-day', which is inclusive of everybody and especially marginalized groups.
Today is IWD (International Women’s Day) and women all over the planet are coming together, discussing, exchanging information about gender equality and women’s rights. IWD is even a national holiday, at least in some countries.
It's a good day to fight the system.
In the early 1910s women were protesting and demonstrating in order to be granted a free and equal right to vote. Which in this day and age is quite shocking to think that half of the world’s population wasn’t allowed to vote government and leadership.
On the other hand, it adds up when looking at other areas where women are still disadvantaged or when they were 'allowed' working without permission of their husband (1958, but until 1977 they could only work when still being able to keep up the household & marriage), opening their own bank account (1958), criminal prosecution for intercourse without consent (1997).
I have to say, being born in 1992, I am grateful that above is not my reality. However, the patriarchal structures in our society that we were raised in are ever present, although sometimes hidden to us. Because sexist and misogynistic behavioral and thinking patterns are deeply rooted in our society, and for the longest time, we just accepted and played along with the prejudice, stereotypes, judgement, jokes, hurtful comments, et cetera. To be honest, it took me so long to unlearn what we consider normal circumstances and realize that actually, what was going on is not ok at all. For me, it is particularly hard to recognize injustice when it happens to myself; I am better in understanding when other people are being treated unjustly. Same goes with speaking up about it.
People who are happy with the status quo will say - look how far your’ve come. True, at the same time let us think about the gender pay gap, poverty among the elderly that mainly affects women, also because of the gender pay gap, and unpaid care-work for raising children. And what about the overproportional responsibility for contraception, medical support in general and reproductive rights as well as bodily autonomy? Just to name a few aspects that are omnipresent, but that we areliving with; for now.
So, yes we came a long way since the first protests in 1911. Still, there’s a lot of work to do, and we owe it to the girls and future women on the planet to make their life better by seeing and fighting injustice now.
What’s more is we do have a responsibility to use our current influence to uplift all marginalized people.
Feminism & Intersectionality
‘Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.‘ - Fannie Lou Hamer