International Women’s Day and why I won’t be celebrating

March 8th every year marks International Women’s Day.

Having occurred for over a century International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity – a socioeconomic index usually designed to measure the relative access to education of males and females.

Now, why would someone like me who is passionate about women’s empowerment and equality be saying she won’t be celebrating today?


I don’t believe women should see to be celebrated on just one day of the year.

Every day should be International Women’s Day! 

Why should it be just one day a year where women are ‘celebrated’ around the world? 

Where people believe that they can just be nice to women on this one day and it makes up for everything else throughout the year.

Be an ally for women everywhere EVERY DAY!

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International Women’s Day was originally a day for observing women’s needs to be equal. It was a day where women would protest for equal rights, to be able to vote and for equal pay.

Today, it has turned into a commercialised celebration and somehow seems to be more focused on the marketing ploys to women than actually observing what we stand for. 

Until women are equal, International Women’s Day should not be celebrated but observed to act as a reminder.

I have already seen it all over social media of men criticising this day and most not even realising that there is an International Men’s Day on November 19th. Do you hear us women complaining about that? I don’t think so!

However, I also feel that as women we are quick to judge our fellow women too quickly. So often we should have each others backs. We should be there for each other; instead we seem to have the need to knock others down in order for ourselves to rise. We bully and bitch and then have the audacity to call ourselves feminists.

If you are judging the woman next you, the mother at the school gates, the single mum, the mum with multiple children, the working mum, the woman who takes pride in her appearance, the woman on the streets with nowhere to go – you are NOT a feminist. You’re an asshole.

I could go on and on about this topic and the way we as a society treat each other – but I’ll save that for another post.

Instead; on this day, and every day, tell the women in your life how much they mean to you. Celebrate them and their achievements. Be their cheerleader and their confidante. We should be united together.

The views in this post are my own. I am a woman. I am a mother. I am proud to be raising 2 independent, confident young girls. Even at the ages of 12 and 8, they are not afraid to say what’s on their mind and when they think someone or something is wrong. I want them to be in a world where they are equal to men. Where they can be the best versions of themselves and confident without judgement or fear.