Happy International Womens Day 2020

I was asked to create a post about the most inspirational women to me.
I applied little thought to the task at first, but when the deadline drew closer I was forced to consider a woman I believe to be an icon of mine, or at the very least women with iconic traits.
Forcing myself to deviate away from the cliché and most commonly named ‘iconic’/’inspirational’ women. To be able to provide a name, I began to re-evaluate my own ideals, my values, my passions and my beliefs. I then began to sort the women I knew personally, the women I knew in passing and the women I observed in the media, into different categories and in short, I came to have three – categories in total, they were: –

1. Boundless
2. Relentless
3. Agreeable
Though these categories can be said to coincide with one another, for me they each stand out as individual categories. Though during the process of me allocating different types women these categories, I found there to be anomalies and outliers – in that some women didn’t fit into any of the categories and some women had personalities which meant they fit into more than one. This lead me to explore what the words inspiration and icon meant to me personally, and whether the women I would come to choose as my icons empower me daily, and whether when I think of them I draw strength from them in my times of struggle.
In short, my answer was no, or less harshly not particularly. In a society where the preference of most individuals is to be an iconoclast and not an idoliser. I had to consider the notion that maybe the reason I couldn’t easily identify a woman I truly idolised, is because I might have joined the masses in tearing women down for any flaw that became evident. Though I resented the possibility, I entertained it none the less.
International women’s day – 8th of March (originally February 28th – as early as 1909) a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. A day in which we all collaboratively or collectively should reflect on the struggles women underwent to have the same voting, working and pay rights as men. Envisioning an existence in which I was made to feel oppressed or less than in comparison to the opposite sex, I began to explore what femininity meant to me personally, and the idols other women would choose for themselves. I asked 5 women and I encountered three main themes. These women picked idols they either 1. Aspired to look like 2. Aspired to earn like and 3. Aspired to be treated like – as opposed to in my opinion a woman whom they admired for their accomplishments or treatment of other people. So, I asked myself if I was to selflessly pick a woman to be my idol, considering my initial categories and themes in the answers of others, who would it be?
And as tailored or unsatisfying as my answer might seem, my answer is undoubtedly every woman, all women, women everywhere. Women who have undergone FGM (female genetic mutations), women who present themselves as being worthy and adequate when pit up against their male counterparts. Women in the music industry who have been told sex is the only way in which their music will sell, women who struggle internally with their self-esteem – because of the constant media construct/depiction of what an ideal woman should aspire to look like. Women who work jobs previously only awarded to men. Women who raise vivacious and formidable children. Women who relentlessly pursue their dreams and assist others in doing so. Women who are agreeable but are still boundless in voicing their opinions. All women, every woman. You are my idols.

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One Response to “Happy International Womens Day 2020

  • What a great post, keeping the focus on international women’s day but also making everyone feel equal as woman at the same time, not pitting woman against each other, which is what a lot of men do, but inherently making such bold statements, showing the strength and courage of all types of woman, from mothers, to FMG, victims and courageous woman working on the field of men. as a woman myself, that post was great to see.

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