What it Means to be a Woman in 2018
Hello Lovely Friends!
Happy International Women’s Day.
I can’t help but feel excited because 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for women. Major movements like Time’s Up and #MeToo have gained significant traction through social media and it has encouraged us to start having conversations in our own homes and social circles. It’s amazing that well-known women have come out to share their stories and are now pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not – both behind closed doors and out in the open. When things like this happen, it gives us all courage to take a good look at the impact gender inequality has on us and ask for better from ourselves, our partners, and our employers.
It’s not just about women supporting women through feminist movements. When I think of feminism, I think of everyone as being equal, not one gender being above another. It’s about everyone supporting everyone to shape a better future and gender shouldn’t even be a factor.
I am grateful for all the women in my life who support me and encourage me. I am also grateful for the men in my life, particularly my dad who encouraged me that I could do anything I wanted to (and still does) and taught me to go and experience the world on my own terms. Although growing up, “feminism” was never a topic of conversation, my parents were able to model to us (both my sister and I) what gender equality looks like in a relationship. It was so normal to me that I didn’t realize how not-normal it was for their time - especially in a South-Asian household. It really set me up for success in my own life, and is the reason I am who I am today. I realized that if you want to raise well-rounded children who grow up to be good people– girls or boys - you have to be a feminist. If your dad wasn’t a feminist, make sure the person you pick to spend the rest of your life with is, do your part to break the cycle for your own family.
I wish that every female has feminist males in her life because it truly makes a big difference.
It’s not just about women, the men in your life should also be feminists or they don’t deserve to be in it.
It’s 2018, we can ask for and expect better. I encourage you to ask for better.