“Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.”
The International Women’s Day (8 march) marks the importance of Gender Equality. 120 years ago, women all over Europe were deprived of their right to vote and had no possibility to participate in democratic decision-making. In 1906 Finland was the first country to introduce the Women’s vote, but it took many years until others followed. Thus, it was only in 1984 that Liechtenstein allowed its female half of the population to have a say in society.
While a lot has changed for women since then, gender discrimination remains a major challenge. Women still get paid less for doing the same work. At many places women’s travelling or going out alone is still not safe.
Although women are working in many different industries including male dominating industries like business, politics, arts, technology, sports etc. but the struggle they go through is far greater than a male choosing to work in similar fields. They not only have to struggle with challenges by the society and their perspective but also with their own family.
When you first start your career as a women , you face many rejections and feelings of exclusion, especially in male dominating industry where you have to deal with the situation where it takes a lot of time for people to get comfortable and accept that women can work in these fields too or they can be as good as male at technical and management.
When it comes to the issue of embracing women in technology and business, it is not anyone's fault since we have been taught that these are the kinds of jobs that males do, and it is deeply ingrained in our society, so breaking the stereotype takes a lot of courage and consistency. Furthermore, while there has been an increase in the number of females working in these fields, there are still only a handful who are at the top and leading.
“There’s something special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.”
I'd like to celebrate all of those women who have excelled against gender bias, and all of the women who are making a difference in the world, from raising kids to being a kick ass business woman.
I am extremely proud of all the women who defy stereotypes and transform society's perceptions of what a woman can accomplish.
Happy Women’s Day!!
Keep rocking even when you are being labelled aggressive, emotional, bossy, difficult, too much, just be yourself, you are wonderful just the way you are.