Thursday, 10 March 2016

Do we need International Women's Day?

International Women's Day happened this week. This is how I marked the occasion:
  • Woke up in the house that I own (just me)
  • Dressed in the clothes that I wanted to wear (and a bit of make-up)
  • Drove my own car
  • Went to work
  • Paid for stuff, using a debit card for the bank account in my name and the money I earned through my job
These are really basic, boring things (sorry if this is a bit dull). But many women can't own their own homes, wear what they want, drive a car, have their own bank account and money, go out alone or make decisions about their own lives.
Photo by Kris Keslak via Flickr Creative Commons
I'm not trying to be smug, honest. I'm just trying to make the point that one reason we still need an International Women's Day is that for millions of women around the world, including some in the UK, the kind of things I did on Tuesday would be unthinkable. 

For women who don't think they are feminists (who are unlikely to be reading my blog, let's face it) or that we need a special Day for women that isn't Mother's Day, I just want to know, did you drive your car today? did you buy something without getting your husband's permission? Because without feminism, and days like these, that wouldn't be happening. 

When you can do all these things, it's easy to think that we've made it, that women have equality, because I feel pretty equal, doing as I please, driving my car and paying for my stuff. But even if you think that we've made it in the UK (and I don't), there's still some way to go. Here are some more reasons why we still need International Women's Day.

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