I am 16 years old and I am female. I have been raised in an era of newfound freedom and have been a witness of third wave feminism. So to say I feel extremely privileged would be an understatement.
Today, on a day where we celebrate our fight for equality, I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by strong, hard-working women who are pursuing their dreams. But on such a special occasion, I can’t help but think about all the women who have been raised in societies that undermine their abilities or have been denied things as elemental as an education. In my own life, I have encountered women who were unable to fulfill their potential because they were denied the opportunity to do so. Women whom I love and admire, like my grandmother and my great-grandmother, were victims of a society that did not believe they would succeed, simply because of their gender.
I believe that one day we will be able to create an equitable society, one in which men and women can be viewed as human beings with different physical qualities, but with the same intellectual abilities. One day this will be achieved, but until that day transpires, women and men alike need to stand up for women’s rights. It is not only in our best interest as members of society, but it is also beneficial in terms of economic and political factors that have an effect on our lives.
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I know this is not a political blog, but feminism and blogging are two parts of my life that empower me the most. Blogging has given me the confidence and perspective that has helped me reinforce my values and ideals. And, if there’s one thing I’ve noticed as a blogger, it’s how little respect there is for women in this industry. Female bloggers are constantly scrutinized, objectified, and criticized for following their dreams. I could write an entire post about it, and other lovely ladies in the industry have, but the issue remains the same. Blogging is not just a hobby, it’s also a legitimate career. And women, like blogging, need to be respected fo what they are, and for what they stand for. Make sure to leave me your thoughts in the comments box, but until then, happy International Women’s Day!!