Today marks the global celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD). A day recognized since the early 1900’s, IWD is a collective effort to promote overall gender parity across all areas.
“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.“ -Emma Watson
Women have come a long way from where they first started in the roles that they played in society. According to the official website, “no one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.” It’s not based on one specific story of struggle or set with a certain promotional agenda in mind. IWD is a day to honour the journey women have transversed to get to where we are today; to celebrate unity and to continue to strive towards creating a better future for everyone.
In honour of the day, we wanted to know what women thought about their experiences in the workplace, so we took to Reddit to get some feedback. r/AskWomen had some interesting comments to make when asked, what misconceptions do men have about women in the workplace?
Ranging from concepts of ‘starting all the drama,’ to being in charge of buying the birthday cakes, women gave their thoughts on what they think people expect from them while at work. Separate from all the stats of inequality between pay scales, and lack of women in high level executive roles, it was interesting to see what other things women have been experiencing.
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” -Michelle Obama
As a whole, we still have quite some ways to go in order to achieve true gender equality in all areas. However, we can also take a moment to appreciate how far we have come and to celebrate how far we will continue to go. Organizations, such as the United Nations, and people of interest, like Emma Watson, are all actively involved in working towards creating a more diverse and accepting future for everyone. All of us can play a part in this global movement and create the type of impact that you’d like to one day see replicated.