My Facebook feed tells me today is International Women’s Day. #IWD2015 #InternationalWomensDay This is the kind of commemorative day that provokes several emotions in me at the same time.
I feel gratitude. I thank every woman who fought to earn me the right to vote, to earn equal pay, and to have equal career choices. I get to be a sabre fencer and coach thanks to women like Billie Jean King and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
I feel happiness. The women in my life bring me such joy. From strong-willed aunts, to international amies, to fun-loving fencing friends, you all have helped shape who I am today.
I feel sadness. It’s sad that we have a day to remind us that there are women in the world that do not have a chance at equality. That women are not always in control of their own bodies or lives. I’m also sad that we need a separate day to celebrate, as though we can’t remember to do it on a more regular basis, and that it leaves out half our population.
I feel pride. It’s great to be able to pass on this feminine legacy. I do my best to support the endeavors of the women and girls in my life. It’s important to me to encourage them to be self-confident and to pursue their goals.
I feel determination. I will do my part to eradicate the boundaries that currently separate human beings: gender, color, wealth, education. I hope that someday the words “I just can’t stand losing to a girl” turn into “I just can’t stand losing”.
What comes to your mind when you hear about International Women’s Day?