Today’s quotation is about a topic near and dear to my heart, gender equality.
I love this quotation because it’s not afraid to use the f-word. Feminism.
Feminism is not man-hating, or wanting women to be put above men. It’s simply asking us to be recognised. To be look upon as equals in all things. To be respected.
This quotation is brilliant because it acknowledges that women are strong.
We are strong whether or not we are paid equally. We are strong whether we are allowed to work in certain jobs or not. We are strong whether we stay at home with our children, are childfree, work a corporate gig, or don’t work at all. We are all strong.
And women throughout history have been strong.
Can you imagine childbirth before modern medicine stepped in with its pain relief, sterilisation practices, and procedures for emergencies? Or birth control to ensure that you don’t go through that more times than you’d like?
Can you imagine being told who you were going to marry because that’s who your family had decided on?
Or being told that your health concerns weren’t real, and only just hysteria?
Most of you are nodding going… “oh yes! History was cruel to women!”
But the thing is, these things carry on today. In some parts of the world, women still cannot access proper health care, especially maternal care. Some cultures still place emphasis on forced arranged marriage, and many women will tell you that it is an all too common problem to have their health concerns dismissed by doctors.
That’s why feminism is still a fight we need to fight.
The last line of this quotation though… I love it! It explains that feminism is about trying to get the world to change its perception of women’s strength.
If we can show the world that women are not only amazingly strong, but that that strength shouldn’t be feared, then great things will happen.
I broke the rules and haven’t nominated anyone for this challenge. If you’ve enjoyed this series, and want to write your own, then consider yourself nominated and challenged! 😊