March: International Women’s Day
Whether you know it or not, March 8 is International Women’s Day. On this day, women from all around the world wear purple (the official colour of International Women’s Day) and come together to celebrate the accomplishments of each other. This day is full of building each other up and recognising how far women have come in working to gain equal rights and how they have forged the way for a more gender equal world.
Coming from an all girls school, this day has been significant to me over my time at high school. Not only do we celebrate the achievements of those doing great things in the world, but we celebrate each other. We use International Women’s Day as a way to look at the biggest female influences in our lives and show thanks for their impact. Whilst we spend time looking at the incredible women working to create a safer, more just place for women, there is a large emphasis on bringing things closer to home and looking at the women who make our daily lives the best they can be.
As a school, we recognise the work the teachers and staff do but as teenage girls we are encouraged to look at the day as a way to celebrate the women who are there for us day in, day out. Whether the women that you look to celebrate is a mother (or motherly figure), sister, grandmother, aunty, coach, teacher, friend, principal or mentor, the work that they do to make your life as amazing as it is, it’s no small action. These are the women who are there for us at our highs and lows, they are the women who help us to be the best that we can and the ones who encourage us to chase our dreams (no matter how far-fetched they may be!).
This International Women’s Day is particularly important for me as it is the last year that I will be celebrating the women that have supported me throughout high school. I am in grade 12 and during my time at school there have been so many teachers (ones who have or haven’t taught me) that have been there for me so this year, I am going to be celebrating them. The teachers who have been there from day one in grade 8 and who I know are going to be supporting and cheering me (as well as the rest of my grade) on until our final day as high school students.
This International Women’s Day, while thinking of the women who you aspire to be and the famously known women role models, also think of the women who make living this life as incredible as it is. The work that those women do should never go unnoticed, they dedicate a small part of their life to making sure you can fulfil your potential so why not think of them this International Women’s Day?