Feminism and Me, Feminist Clothing and International Womens Day. March 18 - StephLeaMead

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Feminism and Me, Feminist Clothing and International Womens Day. March 18

I am a feminist. 
So, what is a feminist? A feminist, by definition, in the Oxford Dictionary is 'An advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women'.
The word equality there should have emphasis on it, because I find that as soon as you say the word feminist and/or feminism, a lot of people assume you want women to rule; that you think the female gender are far superior to the male race. Not true, one bit.
To me, it's absolutely crazy that everyone isn't a feminist. I mean, why wouldn't you want all genders to be treated the exact same?

I'd love to live in a world where women get the same pay as their counterparts whether they are men or women. If a person A is in a job and has the same roles and responsibilities of person B, regardless or whether they may have a vagina or a penis, they should be awarded the same benefits and pay.
I'd love to live in a world where the adjectives 'strong' or 'boss' aren't automatically assigned to males, and the words 'pretty' or 'cute' are all that young girls should aspire to be, despite what t-shirts may dictate.
I'd love to live in a world where a woman can decide what is happening to their body, and not have people sit in a boardroom discussing on whether or not they can make the decision for themselves to, for instance, abort a baby that is not wanted for whatever reason. #RepealThe8th

So, why do we still celebrate International Womens Day today, and do we need feminism now? 
Just one hundred years ago, women in the UK were given the right to vote. (Remind anyone else of the song in the Disney film Mary Poppins? Same.) The first women in politics, Nancy Astor, was in 1919, and many more have came, with Theresa May in power currently.
We have come a long way in the UK with womens rights, true, but despite this; we still have a long way to go, and here's why;
-10,000 women in the UK alone are forced into sex work, as many as 6,000 in London.
- 85,000 women were raped last year (12,000 men also) making it, on average, 11 attacks an hour.
- Women are being asked in job interviews when they plan on having babies, and how much time they will take off of work, whilst men are not given this question.
- Half of British women feel that they are under represented at work, and feel they are not spoken for in politics.
And there are many more points to add to this list.

Support girls, influence others, celebrate women's achievements, don't stereotype based on gender.
Come together on the 8th of March, and everyday;  be a feminist with me.
Visit the websites below to learn more about International Women's Day, Feminism, and to donate to the charities.

Feminist, like me? Get a top like the ones below to let the world know!
How cute would they be styled with high waisted jeans, a faux leather jacket and a beret? Yes please.

Thanks for reading this blog post, especially one about an important issue!
StephLeaMead X