March the 8th - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY is a worldwide day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
Started in 1911, next year sees it centenary celebration.
Probably not as knowledgeable as I should be on the matter, I'd not describe myself as a feminist and yet according to the dictionary DEFINITION I am as I "believe in the need to secure rights and opportunities for women equal to those of men" and yet .........
Grief, here it becomes complicated!
I don't for one moment think we are the same as men, just as strong (generally in different areas I grant you), but definitely not the same. AND to be honest I dislike the term 'GIRL POWER' with a passion and even more so when it is used by 'women' who ceased to be 'girls' a long time ago ( and yes I include myself in this).
I don't know, perhaps I've got the whole thing wrong, the 'wrong end of the stick' so to speak, as to what it truly means to be a feminist but for many of today's women (and in particular young women) the idea of feminism seems to result in them choosing to behave as men. Nothing wrong with that, I hear you say. Maybes not, but to me there is when that behaviour sees women wanting to act out all of the worst behaviour traditionally associated with men - drinking too much, swearing too much and 'sleeping around' etc. All of which I dislike equally in men as well as women I hasten to add.
No, I definitely wouldn't call myself a feminist as (laughing) I enjoy men holding doors open for me, I enjoy men standing to give me their seat, I enjoy ....... (I could go on but won't) and yet, at the same time, woe-behold any man who insinuates that I'm a lesser person, a (dare I say it?) 'weaker' person just because I happen to be a women.
Still it makes you think what the SUFFRAGETTES, as the first women to campaign for women's rights and in particular the vote for women, would have made of it all. 'Turned in their graves' is a term that comes to mind.
That said, yes, by all means lets celebrate women in all their glory. But which women? For me it certainly wouldn't be any of the so-called celebrities that seem to inspire so many of our young women. I mean what happened to being inspired by the likes of FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, MARIE CURIE or indeed the women mentioned on the INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN site? Talking of which Aine over at THE EVOLVING SPIRIT has an interesting blog, one of the themes of which is 'Women Who Inspire Me Wednesday', women like the first female president of Chile MICHELLE BACHELET or protester NAOMI KLEIN.
Anyway enough of my wittering. Which woman/women inspire you? Are they women like those mentioned in the post or are they women closer to home?