Nobody who has access to the internet can say that they aren’t aware it’s International Women’s Day today. Articles, events, celebrations, discourses and so on abound. But what we don’t get to read or realize is that we can celebrate a Woman’s Day every day without speaking it out loud or typing it out.
We are the generation which relates progress with only tabular points and succinct talks. So here I am with direct ways in which we can all be feminists and support each other and produce a wave of change everywhere.
Being jealous is very natural, but nobody has ever achieved anything from being envious. So, why don’t we use it to do something positive? Whenever a fellow woman whether at the workplace or in daily life does something commendable, let her know it. Be happy about her from the bottom of your heart and tell her to keep up the good work. You will not only leave a substantial impact on her life, but you will also feel positive about yourself at the end.
You have lived a fair share of life by now, and you must realize how you can get to learn from the most unexpected people and incidents. In the same way, you can learn something meaningful from each woman whether it is the lady you saw cleaning the street or your manager. They are all struggling and constantly moving ahead in their life beating the challenges in their own ways.
I have seen women belittling each other just to feel good about themselves. Why can’t we shed our insecurities once and for all and try to put ourselves in the place of the person we conveniently look down on? We can very easily condescend an overweight woman or make fun of her because we think she is looking ugly, but is it really tough to smile at her because she is beautiful like we all are? Complimenting, encouraging and uplifting each other, this is feminism.
This point is about being humane with those women who are less privileged than you are. We often build a wall between them and us because we think our standards don’t match. What is the need to showcase your fluency in English with a vegetable vendor to deliberately stress the difference between you and her? You can simply stop and strike a friendly conversation with a smile on your face and with feelings you really have. The tendency of privileged women to stay at a distance from their domestic helps (as though they are ‘lesser beings’) should be done away with. That’s what needs to be changed to bring forth feminism.
One day, I was all praises about some Bollywood actress in front of my mom. To this, she sternly replied stating why they won’t get all the luxuries in light of the compromising ways in which they work. I sat her down and told her that they work harder than any of us and the pressure they carry constantly on their shoulders is beyond our strength. And she got the point instantly. That’s what we all need to do, to educate whenever we can. Because while many of us advocate the feminism and want to do all the good in the world for womanhood, some around us may nurture a flawed idea of it. And being a woman, it’s imperative for us to correct that idea and empower each other.