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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

What better way to kick off a new week than celebrating International Women's Day. This week on The Black and White Edit I am dedicating it to women and the powerful women out there who

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What better way to kick off a new week than celebrating International Women’s Day. This week on The Black and White Edit I am dedicating it to women and the powerful women out there who inspire us and motivate us in so many different ways. So, here’s to women. I took it to Instagram and Facebook earlier to preach my views about what International Women’s Day means to me, as a woman, and what I think it means around the world.. I wrote…

“Happy ‪#‎internationalwomensday‬ to all you strong, crazy, fearless galdems! I think we all need to stop hating on each other and stop being jealous and so judgemental of one an other and actually start being more supporting and kind to each other. Why don’t we let go all of those petty hateful thoughts and actually just start being nice. The world will be definitely a more happier and comfortable place to live if we do. It takes more energy to be hateful than it is to just smile. Just a thought.”

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There’s a more deeper meaning behind International Women’s Day however, and I felt I couldn’t foresee it and be ignorant to what is going on in the world around me…

 

“And here’s to women who are fearless day in and day out. The type of women who are affected by gender inequality and suffer every day because of it. Here’s to the fearless women who speak up and are seen and heard and are fighting for equality of the sexes. Just because you may not see gender inequality around you, doesn’t mean it’s not happening and you have to be blind to it. Around the world, gender inequality is a result of cultural and political differences in many countries, when women are seen as a weaker sex to men, it is a casual factor of violence towards women and it’s not okay. Be fearless and fight for what you know is the right thing. Being a feminist does not mean we are at war against men, we do not hate men and we don’t want to ‘be better’ than them, we want to be by their side as equals and hopefully men will be fighting with us.When some women say “I’m no feminist”, I’d like to see the day when they’ve landed the role of boss at work but still earning 35% less than their male colleagues, then will you still not be a feminist? ‪#‎internationalwomensday‬ ‪#‎feminist‬” 

 

 

In 2015 Patricia Arquette made a powerful speech at The Oscars you may want to skip to 2:00 minutes in…

 

this was such a big hit last year as it just goes to show that it’s not only just in poverty stricken countries or countries with different ideals but it happens right before us, in America in Hollywood. And, it’s not just Patricia Arquette who will stand up and shout for what she believes in, many women in Hollywood and other stars, are standing up for equal rights and equal opportunities for women all over the world. Beyoncé is notorious for being an activist for feminism and her song Flawless made Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech famous around the globe.

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

Other inspirational activists include Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Lena Dunham and Emma Watson, who use their power given to them through acting, performing, singing and use this as a platform to voice their views and ideas about what it means to be a feminist and are using their voice to fight for equality. Even the girls, Taylor, Gigi, Kendall, Cara and Karlie show us what it’s like to be the ultimate girl squad and what you can create by just being good to one another. That’s pretty kick ass.

 

happy international womens day

 

Emma Watson is one lady in particular, however, who has really pushed the boat out for us women in support of the HeForShe campaign, you can make the commitment too here. And on that note you can watch Emma Watson’s extremely powerful speech at the UN which perfectly sums up what feminism is and what the problems are that we face here in the UK and all over the world… Thank you, Emma. You’re a legend.

 

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! May you day be as beautiful as you are! X

hannah@theblackandwhiteedit.co.uk

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