Celebrating all the Women!
Let's hear it for all of you! All of your achievements, dreams, hopes, voices and bright futures!
Tuesday was International Women's Day. How did you spend the day? Reply and let me know.
I shared the following post on my Facebook page. It's so important to me that I wanted to share it with you on the blog in case you don't follow me on Facebook.
𝑬𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒂 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔 𝒖𝒑 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏. -Maya Angelou
Let this message serve as a reminder to you, not only today but every day that you:
are not too much are allowed to speak up and no you don't talk too much are valued and loved are smart are a force all on your own are more than your body are able to try, fail, and try again as many times as you want are important are special are unique are allowed to change your mind are part of a community of incredibly wise women that are all of these things and more!
And please 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦:
You own your body and get to decide what you do and don't do with it What you wear is never a suggestion to others Your choices are yours You don't need permission to make a different decision You don't deserve to be interrupted You get to make informed choices about your body and health Consent is your choice It's always going to be okay to set boundaries It's always okay to feel what you feel
I believe together we can truly help support and lift each other up if we can first empower ourselves.
When we feel empowered, we can then speak up for ourselves, stand up for others, and then join together for a stronger future force. #strengthinnumbers
For today though on this day, International Women's Day, we celebrate women.
The women who support us, laugh with us, encourage us and who are always there to hear our concerns.
Not only today do we celebrate women, but I invite you (myself included) that as we move forward, to make it a practice to reach out to women and check in on them.
Find ways to support them, lift them up, encourage them, cheer them on, acknowledge their efforts or simply ask how they are doing and then really listen.
We also need to work harder and better to dismantle biases of all kinds related to #gender, race, class & ability. Let's take action to build a world where we as women and girls all can feel and live safe, free and supported. Make the move to move all women forward, together. Celebrate women's achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
Ways to Break the Bias from InternationalWomensDay.com question any lack of women's participation identify alternatives that are more inclusive nominate women for opportunities always include and support women think "50/50" as the goal
Challenge Stereotypes and Bias question assumptions about women challenge statements that limit women always use inclusive language work to remove barriers to women's progress buy from retailers who position women in positive ways
Forge Positive Visibility of Women identify ways to make women more visible extend opportunities to women first assume women want opportunities until declined select women as spokespeople and leaders support visible women
Influence Others Beliefs and Actions supportively call out inappropriate behaviour campaign for equality in meaningful ways lead by example via inclusive actions be a role model for equality actively contribute to changing the status quo
Celebrate Women's Achievements believe achievement comes in many forms value women's individual and collective success ensure credit is given for women's contributions celebrate women role models and their journeys support awards showcasing women's success
Author notes: I’d like to recognize the privileges that have impacted my health and perspectives. I identify as cisgender, able-bodied, I was raised middle class, I am college educated, I have thin privilege, have access to health care and insurance, I have benefited from being in a straight passing relationship and I benefit from being identified as being white.
I have thin privilege. I believe it’s key to have open discussions about this topic to help bring awareness of it and to also reduce the stigma around weight.
By acknowledging thin privilege, we can recognize that people in smaller bodies have not had experienced or been exposed to stigmatizing events that people in larger bodies have.
By recognizing my many privileges and having these important conversations I hope to help fight the oppressive systems of fatphobia and diet culture and other systems that impact underserved and marginalized communities.
I acknowledge that the land on which I live and work is the traditional and unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation.