Every year, March 8 is celebrated as the International Day for Women and, every year people mention thousands and ten thousand women who influence, motivate, and push them higher. Initially celebrated in 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated to recognize women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, raise awareness on women’s issues, and bring about gender equality by creating awareness on the issue.
The date set for International Women’s Day was March 8 and every year it has been celebrated on this day. March 8 marks the day when women in Soviet Russia started protests for the right to vote, which they were granted in 1917. A public holiday was later declared on the same date.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’ According to the official United Nations Women website, it aims to celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.’
Today, we have numerous women who have smashed the gender stereotypes in every field, doing away with the patriarchal norms and making their life successful by their sheer hard work and determination to do so. Rosa Parks, Jane Austen, Marie Curie, Malala Yousufzai, Sara Hossain, Veeru Kohli, Amrita Sher-Gil, Anita Desai, Asima Chatterjee, Aruna Asaf Ali are some of the common names that are mentioned for their life-changing achievements towards both, their own life and the loves of numerous others who are inspired by them. With the rise of the Feminist movement, we can see a large number of women coming forward and doing remarkable things every day.
But is ‘celebrating’ one day out of 365 days a year worth all the struggle women go through? Certainly not, which is why gender equality and upliftment of women shouldn’t be restricted to mere 24 hours, rather it should be a movement that all of us take up every day. By speaking of women who are empowered on this day does make it a remarkable way to educate and empower other women, but it does not end there.
The ‘ordinary’ women, the women who aren’t mentioned in our history textbooks, the women who go about their daily lives without getting a single word of appreciation. The women without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today, the women who look after our needs before their own- these small sacrifices which lead to them to the notion of ‘sacrificing’ their whole lives, they are women who deserve every inch of respect and honor we give every other woman.
This Women’s Day, take some time out and appreciate the not-so-ordinary-but-ordinary women in our lives. A little appreciation goes a long way, and so talking to these extraordinary women today (and every other day) is something that will lead to a blossom of love and hope in our hearts.
Here’s to the strong, independent, and extraordinary women of today, may we be raised by you, may we be you, may we raise you.