So October is Women’s History Month in Canada. Which is INCREDIBLE. I just wish more people knew it.
International Day of the Girl was on October 11th, which had celebrities, politicians, and us regular people, all coming together to celebrate what girls have already and will continue to contribute to our society. It was a day for celebrating every girl and her accomplishments in creating a better future for herself, and for generations to come. I think it’s really powerful to see social media positively contributing to causes such as this and for providing a platform where people can speak openly about their visions for the future and what they want to see changed in the world to improve experiences of girls and women.
Persons Day was on October 18th. This is because, on this day, less than 100 years ago (87 to be exact) women were declared “persons” under Judicial Law. Five incredible women (and I’m not just saying this because I’m named after one of them), known as the Famous Five, worked tirelessly to enact social and political reform and acquire this status for all women. After winning their case, women were able to participate in all aspects of public life- a right we still enjoy today because of this benchmark moment. Celebrating these women is a celebration for all women who have the courage to speak up for themselves against adversity.
It is about creating an equal world. Not only between men and women (and all other genders), but between women of all ethnicities, races, socioeconomic statuses, and more. It is about providing access to education so that everyone can reach their full potential. It is about safe drinking water, food, and shelter for all so that the search for basic needs don’t stand in the way of equality.
Thankfully, we recognize that the fight for gender equality did not end with the Persons Case, or any other act of reform after that. Women like Malala Yousafzai who fights every day to give girls access to education. Women like Emma Watson who call men to action in the fight for women’s rights, because she recognizes that it is a society issue, not a women’s issue. Women like Hillary Clinton, who are willing to stand up and fight for positions that have only ever been held by men (and do it well). Women like Ellen DeGeneres, who are willing to show the world every day that it doesn’t matter who you love, as long as you do love, and that it is always better to “be nice to people.”
So October is Women’s History Month. Let’s celebrate women. Especially those who actively fight for gender equality.
Who inspires you?