We have often dealt with issues of sexism and feminism here at Style and Then Some, so it should come as no surprise that we are excited about the 102nd annual International Women’s Day today. IWD strives to highlight the plight many women still face to this day, but also to celebrate the achievements of various gallant ladies throughout the years – for instance, the Suffragettes – that have contributed to bridging the gender equality gap. Speaking of gaps…
Whether it’s the gender pay gap, or that age old double standard that allows men (if they choose) to sleep with whomever and however many women they want without so much as an eyelid bat from society, but God forbid a woman – also a sexual being – dares to do the same. To the more extreme end of the spectrum, let’s not forget, we live in a world where a young and extremely brave 15 year old girl, Malala Yousafzai, was recently shot in the head in Pakistan by a member of the Taliban simply because she openly expressed her desire to go to school and receive a good education. Again, how dare she.
With the likes of International Women’s Day continually raising awareness around the globe on the issue of gender equality, it gives you hope that stories such as that of Malala Yousafzai, could one day become a thing of the past, and sooner rather than later. Though it is clear there is still quite a long way to go.
James Brown said ‘This is a man’s world’ but more recently Beyonce claimed we apparently run it. Although we are evidently not quite there yet, I have faith we are getting closer. Happy International Women’s Day everyone!