Anna’s bi-monthly musings – International Women’s Day

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Every second month Anna shares her musings, personal insights, and observations of our diverse lives.

International Women’s Day 2015: MAKE IT HAPPEN

Whether you identify as a woman, man, neither, both or something else entirely, I think people of all genders and regardless of gender can celebrate INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!  (Some women won’t agree with me, but I don’t think it matters what gender you are or how you identify when it comes to celebrating women).

International Women’s Day was yesterday, 8 March. However, I know celebrations will be continuing. According to the official website, “The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.”

Personally I think a little celebration about women needs to occur every day. It is easy to forget the importance of women, femininity, and the balance that they can bring.

It’s also important to acknowledge the struggles that women face, whether it be in day-to-day life, dealing with inequality, or facing prejudice (and so much more).

Make it happen!

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is Make It Happen. The website describes it as, “Encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.”

I will embrace this gladly, and I’ll try to do it on a daily basis.

Why and how? Because I know and recognise that I’m a strong woman. I take encouraging effective action to advance myself and other women. I make a difference to the communities I engage with and to the people who enter my life.

I #MakeitHappen every day! And I’m proud of it!

Living in a society that still seems to value able-bodied men higher than women, at times it can feel like a struggle to maintain my identity as a woman with a physical disability. However, finding ways to value myself and recognise my personal strengths gives me the encouragement to take effective action in my life and in others. In particular advancing my career, pushing towards my life goals, and being appreciated for who I am and what I do.

I could give you a VERY long list of strong inspirational women, but instead I ask you to share the strong women you know.

Mine is my Nana.


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