National Women’s Day

Today, the 8th March, is National Women’s Day, and there’s power spread throughout all women.

When it comes to gender, men are the first option. Let’s face it, despite all of the laws and sayings toward gender equality, sadly, many people still expect different things from men and women.

Looking back through history, men have always had The Choices, The Life, The Power. For example, more than 300 years ago, the royal throne would be passed down to the eldest son, next eldest son, and on. Boring. Predictable. Sexist. Finally, when there were no more boys that could take the throne, then we, the girls, were allowed to be queen.

A bit more recently, in the 1970s, China introduced a one-child-policy, which meant couples could only have one child. This was because their population was increasing way too fast. This policy prevented around 400 million births – that’s more than 13 million a year, or 1,500 per hour! The shocking thing is that 90% of the children aborted, killed or orphaned were, in fact, girls.

In the world, there are a lot of things women are judged for more and, often, more harshly than men. For example, being overweight. Although men and women are both capable of being obese, studies show that women feel more pressured to lose weight. Why is this?

Also, if women speak their mind too much, it is considered as bossy, aggressive, or arrogant. If men speak their mind, it is thought of as showing their “executive leadership skills”.

This is not fair.

The world treats men and women differently, but we are all human, all people, and all part of the Earth. Let no-one come between you and your rights, your beliefs, your life. You are powerful; you are loved; you are strong. Let the power come out of you; don’t be scared.

You can be strong by speaking your mind, believing in what you believe, thinking whatever you want, and living your life the way you want to.

You are greater than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Don’t let anyone stand in your way.

by Hollie Atton

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