International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. To be honest, I wasn’t aware that such a day even existed, let alone that is it today. I can thank Facebook for informing me.

Regardless, I think that having a day that is devoted to recognizing women across the world is a really tremendous thing. I think far too often we as a society tend to forget all of the incredible accomplishments and contributions made by women to better the ways in which we live, and I think there is a tendency to focus on male dominance and patriarchy in society – mainly because patriarchy has always been recognized more significantly than the power of women in the world.

The Women and Gender Studies courses I have taken at Brock have certainly enhanced and broadened my overall perception of women and their role in history as well as the present. Just yesterday I wrote a paper about how my understanding of motherhood has changed throughout the duration of my course completion. It is pretty amazing when you are granted the opportunity to learn and educate yourself about the countless things women influence in the world.

I believe society and culture have come a long way in terms of gender equality, but we are still nowhere near where we need to be. Gender equality is undoubtedly still prevalent in the world, and it is something that demands recognition in order to determine how to eradicate the issue.

International Women’s Day presents a great opportunity to seek out some new information and knowledge about gender dynamics that you may be unfamiliar with. If you’re not sure where to start, just try a basic Google search of gender issues that exist in our world today. It’s such an interesting topic to explore, and I promise you won’t be bored.

Make sure you take today to stop and think about the women in your own life whom you admire and who have a made an impact on the way you live. Just a simple thank you, or acknowledgement of your appreciation for them, will go a long way.

Thanks for reading. :)

– Lauren

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