It’s International Women’s Day!
And after watching the Academy Awards, and well, all that’s been happening with the world lately, I remembered this little piece I wrote for Portkey Events when we first started. Two years later, and this is still exactly what I want to say. Here’s to every woman in the world. Be strong. Be you.
Hermione wasn’t bossy. She was strong, and smart, and unafraid to stand up for what was right. Luna wasn’t weird. She was insightful, and loving, and brave. Ginny wasn’t weak. She was fearless, and clever, and kind.
These were the women we looked up to growing up. These were the women who taught us that being a woman does not, and should never limit you to what society dictates. A woman can be strong without being bossy, a woman can be quiet and insightful without being weird, a woman can be kind without being weak, and a woman can be herself without being less than a man.
Early on these women taught us that men and women are equal in talents and in capabilities, in strenghts and in weaknesses. That although we are different in many ways, where it matters, we are the same. We are human. They taught us how to respect one another, despite those differences. And they gave us the courage and strength to fight our own battles, to live our own lives, and to be who we truly are.
J.K. Rowling made sure her readers understood this, and lived by it. She filled our hearts with beautiful characters, like heroic mothers, men who understood the value and importance of women, boys who respected girls, and young witches like Hermione who kept us on the right path growing up. And it was because of this that somewhere along the way, we forgot that most women don’t have this privilege. Most women don’t know that gender equality can happen. Most women didn’t have Hermione to look up to as kids. So instead, Hermione came to them. Emma Watson stood in front of the world and reminded us that we all have a responsibility – men and women alike, to make sure equality is no longer a privilege, but a right.
Today on International Women’s Day, we urge you to take stand with us, a proud group of women, who believe that change is not only vital, but possible.
“Ask yourself if not me, who? If not now, when?” – Emma Watson
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