Happy International Women’s Day!
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women – marking social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, as well as a call to action to support and expedite women’s equality.
The theme for 2021 is choose to challenge. The IWD’s website states:
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.”
To all the women in the world, today I wish I could give each one of you a flower and tell you how beautiful you are. How your presence makes a difference; how you are a blessing manifest; how with each breath you contribute a bit of your spirit to the collective, and how we’re all hungry for you to shine your you-ness as brightly and as widely as you can.
What if we each knew we weren’t broken, that we were respected, that we were cherished, that equity of resources didn’t depend on our gender or color or age – how different would the world be?
I’ve always loved the expression “Women Hold Up Half of the Sky.” That image is so expansive and so powerful, so individual AND so collective. And that’s how a day of celebration for women feels to me – individual and collective.
I am blessed to have so many beautiful women in my life, and I hope that’s true for you as well.
The other day I was hunting down a journal and instead found one I had done in a collaborative project with a friend. We called the project Lost Souls, and we each created visual characters in our respective journals, and then traded them so we could write stories about each other’s characters. The above picture is a character I named Mariposa, and my friend wrote a story about how she didn’t speak – at least not in words but communicated with flowers. It was a story that held an essential truth about me that I needed to see reflected back to me because I couldn’t see it straight on.
That’s what beautiful is all about. And this is how women do it. In relationship. We hold up mirrors for each other. Look. See how beautiful you are. And don’t stop shining.
So what can you do to celebrate yourself? To celebrate the women in your life?
And what can you do to celebrate and honor women collectively? Where can you put your heart and hands that help other women be full?
If you’re looking for some inspiration maybe you’ll want to check out Half the Sky Movement: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women.
Leave a comment – I love hearing from you. Tell me the ways in which you are beautiful. Tell me who you’re celebrating. What woman would you give flowers to?