March 8th – International Women’s Day

A day to Celebrate Revolutionary Women and Women for being Women

This date marks historical events, strikes, and demonstrations that have been fueled by the need that women have had to revolutionize together and together change our conditions. From this hunger, this endless desire to strive, to be able to make a decent living, or even to have our share of glory in life our predecessors and contemporaries have fought and won countless battles for our rights: our right to vote, to get an education, to be respected and not sexually abused and demoralized in the work place, to be treated and paid equally, our right to decide what to do with our womb.

Our accomplishments as a gender have been great and can be verified by the presence of women leaders who are acclaimed and recognized globally in different ways, different countries, and different industries, for different reasons and passions. Think of Amelia Earhart, Florence Nightingale, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Oprah Winfrey, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Isadora Duncan, Madame C.J. Walker, and Madonna, to name a few.

In our essence, however, we have one thing in common: we are all women. We are the ones who bring life into the world, who nurture it, who cherish, and support it in a unique way: a feminine way. A good friend of mine just highlighted, merely 2 hours ago, what a woman represents to him, to his brothers, cousins, and peers: women bring perfume and poetry, curves and sway, beauty and fun into their world.

Yet, the same men who are enchanted by us sometimes have a hard time accepting our need for freedom. The country where I came from has very macho standards. The country I chose as my home understands sensual and sexually expressive women as whores. We struggle with this and are in a big conflict about how to go about it. It’s like: damned if you are a good girl; damned if you are a vixen. All in all as a woman who has been here and there and who is in a quest to reach greater heights and bring my girls with me, while knowing that my men (my father, my brother, my uncles, cousins, and my boyfriend) have my back no matter what, I think I can say: you guys, we want your love, we need your love, we want to feel respected, and we want you to carry one standard that will help us thrive: the one where you leave our wombs alone, take the glass ceiling out of the way, quit being naysayers to our glory, and be our friends. We want to be your queen. Be our worthy kings.

The fight is far from over. As long as there are people voting to take away women’s rights that were fiercely fought for and to demoralize our efforts to succeed we will be rolling up our sleeves and showing the world our strength.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Flora Sofia.

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