Celebrating International Women’s Day is about celebrating ALL women. If you don’t include trans women, disabled women, BAME women, sex workers, immigrant women and any intersection of self-identifying women/non-binary or fluid folx in your celebrations, that is NOT celebrating women.
Today, I want to thank ALL the women in my life. Whether they’ve given me good experiences or bad, I have learnt something.
I want to thank my mother for giving birth to me, and for all the good memories. I also want to thank her for the times we don’t get on and the resilience it has given me.
I want to thank my grandma for teaching me to love myself; sometimes, through love of my own individuality; sometimes, through spite that they don’t like my ‘unconventional’ sense of style.
I’d like to thank my amazing female idols; Jenna Coleman and Denise Gough, Niamh Walsh and Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan and Milly (selfloveclubb), and many more.
I’d like to thank the many, many female doctors and nurses that have treated me and my chronic illnesses, my mental health issues. I’d like to thank them for not only their care, but the compassion they’d given me and validity they made me feel.
I’d like to thank my amazing teachers who understood, and those who said they were proud of me.
I’d like to thank my kick ass boss for being the best person ever, an amazing friend, and inspiring me daily.
I’d like to thank all of my friends for being so full of love and thriving in each of their individual ways.
I’d like to thank the bullies that spent years kicking me to the ground- I’ve learnt that I’m much stronger and kinder than they will ever be.
I’d like to thank my queer pals for empowering me to be okay with who I love, who they love.
I would like to thank every self identifying woman, non-binary or fluid human for being strong, for being kick ass, for throwing what life shoots them with back, and do persisting.
Respect existence or expect resistance.
We are strong.
We are amazing.
We don’t deserve the shit we get.
Don’t. Give. Up.
On International Women’s Day, I’m supporting all intersections of women to thrive and be themselves, and you should too.
This year, more than anything, it’s important to celebrate today. This year, it’s been 100 years since women got the vote. However, it’s important to remember that though this was huge, amazing progress- it was not equality. There were many restrictions to who got the vote, and the law of many things, was ableist- so someone like myself would not have been able to vote.
I feel like there’s a recently hyped song relevant to today, so here: