Happy International Women’s Day everyone, especially all the hardworking & game changing ladies out there (but not to the haters on this movement).
Like any other group that seems to be put down in society (i.e. people of color, Muslims, or really anyone who isn’t a white male…), it’s crazy to think that women to this day are still fighting for basic human rights. In the year 2017, women still get paid less than men across the world. Even in Rwanda, the country with the smallest gender pay gap, women earn 88 cents to the man’s dollar (versus 65 cents in America.) Additionally, women’s reproductive rights are still in question, as if we are simply objects who shouldn’t have control of our own bodies.
So today, I’m excited to celebrate all the monumental social, political, cultural and economic achievements of women worldwide. Even when we are told we can’t, we still carry the world on our shoulders. Let’s not forget that we all came from a woman.
I was fortunate to grow up with the strongest group of women. They taught me to overcome adversity, always push for the best in myself and my community while maintaining style, poise and grace.
Now here’s a few phenomenal women throughout history who have no doubt, changed the world:
Maya Angelou (1928-2014): By far one of America’s leading contemporary poets, who also had her hand in theatre, acting, and writing. She was an active leader in the 1960s civil rights Movement, after which she wrote her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings that was acclaimed for giving Black women a voice.
Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005): an American politician, educator, and author. She became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1968. In 1972 she made history yet again by becoming the first major-party black candidate to make the bid for U.S. presidency.
Rihanna (1988-Present): a personal favorite of mine who is a singer, songwriter, & actress. She has proven to be more than just a musician/celebrity as this year she was awarded the Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award for her philanthropic work in the Caribbean.
Michelle Obama (1964-Present): popularly known as the First Lady of the United States who essentially sets the standard in everything she does. She’s the most accomplished First Lady, being the “first” to attend an Ivy League for undergrad and the second to attend one at all (Princeton for undergrad where she graduated cum laude then Harvard for law school). She also epitomizes everything that is a strong, poised, intelligent, powerful Black woman.
So ladies, enjoy this day & everyday. As a woman, the fight never ends but always remember we really do run the world. Happy #InternationalWomensDay!