Happy International Women's Day!

International Women's Day is about celebrating women and being a woman, as well as highlighting the existing sexist prejudices and discrimination to further the smashing of patriarchy. The day uses social media and speeches from sociologists and feminists (both men and women) to point out violence towards women across the globe, as well as poverty and domestic and occupational inequalities faced by women.

Alarmingly, the day is not without its controversy, mainly the "what about International Men's Day?" ignorance. It's refreshing to see so many men championing Women's Day and showing their support, but of course there is much more to be done in every sense, recent studies showing that it will take another 70 years for the gender pay gap to close.

International Women's Day is important for so many obvious reasons, but it needs to be more than a day to share inspirational quotes on Instagram and Tumblr - it needs to be a day where change happens, a day where, as an evolving society, we stand up in the face of sexism and finally abolish all that is wrong with so many institutional practices that belittle the significance of women.

I spent my day with one of my best friends (a woman, and a pretty bad ass one at that) watching Still Alice, a film about a linguistics lecturer dealing with Alzheimer's at just 50 years old, starring Julianne Moore who won the Best Actress Oscar for the role at this year's Academy Awards. It was a veritable femme-fest.

I hope International Women's Day has educated as well as liberated women and men alike, and proved a vital day of societal reflection and critique. A Change.org campaign to create exclusionary zones outside abortion clinics, to protect women from harassment regarding abortion can be found here: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-please-create-a-legal-exclusionary-zone-outside-of-abortion-clinics?

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