Although it was a couple of days ago, I wanted to write about International Women’s Day 2021 because I feel as though the celebration is worth discussing, still. Perhaps I am alone in my observations, but I saw a significant amount of attention and recognition for this particular event this year, more than I’ve ever noticed in years prior.
International Women’s Day garners a decent amount of attention via social media in any given year, but this year, the attention seemed more pronounced. More public. And I, for one, find this recognition to be a tremendous step in the right direction in regards to women’s rights and gender equality.
I found it inspiring to see so many of us come together to give recognition and appreciation to the women in our lives. Not only did I see a lot of social media activity pertaining to the event, but further, I heard discussion and mention of it via radio and television, and I saw a good amount of print publications bringing attention to the purpose of the celebratory day as well.
As a woman, I think it is wonderful to see progression in the realm of women’s rights. Women are warriors, and we must stand together and support one another in order to continue the progression that is happening for gender equality. Without unity, we cannot hope to achieve significant gain or advancement in the push for equality between men and women, and holding each other up to shatter barriers and boundaries has never been more important.
In the words of Janelle Monáe, “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. … It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.”