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What is today?

A day that will be forgotten tomorrow.

And that's why I won't say "Happy intenational women's day", but "Happy fighting for women's rights".
As long as women are being abused, beaten and killed, as long as they are paid less than men for the same jobs, as long as they are being put into the kitchens to be mothers and wives only, as long as they are being discouraged to seek education and career, we need to fight for our rights.
When we become truly equal with men, then, and only then, we won't need "international women's day" any more.

I don't want flowers; I want to be equal. I want my rights.

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shirebound
Mar. 8th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
*stands with you*
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 8th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
I knew it. :) *hugs*

Edited at 2016-03-08 05:02 pm (UTC)
binkaslibrary
Mar. 8th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Amen, Sister!
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 8th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yep! *hugs*
mrowe
Mar. 8th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
This.
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 8th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
This. *hugs*
curiouswombat
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
Well said.
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. *hugs*
oloriel
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
And above all, I don't want to have to discuss the need for more rights. Yes, "we" have come a long way, but there's still a long way to go, and sometimes it feels like we're going backwards rather than ahead. I don't want to have to justify the existence of "International Women's Day" EVERY. DAMN. YEAR.

In conclusion, YES.
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Long way to go. Exactly.
*hugs*
oloriel
Mar. 9th, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)
I read in the paper that experts expect full gender equality to be achieved in 118 years. 118 years! We won't live to see that! (How exactly they've arrived at this number I don't understand, and I'm not sure whether it applies only to the Western world or universally, but there we go.) I certainly wish things could be sped up a bit...
*hugs back*
engarian
Mar. 8th, 2016 10:39 pm (UTC)
So very true!

- Erulisse (one L)
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 9th, 2016 07:35 am (UTC)
Unfortunately...
*hugs*
dreamflower02
Mar. 9th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
And yet a day like this is needed still, because every time a young girl is made aware of the contributions of other women before her, a seed is planted.

Every time a young boy learns that women can do "cool" things and not just cook and clean and take care of him, another seed is planted.

And every time an adult is shamed in rethinking his or her assumptions about what women can and can't do, there's hope for better.
ellynn_ithilwen
Mar. 9th, 2016 07:36 am (UTC)
Of course it's needed still, that's what I'm saying. ;) Only when we're truly equal, we won't need it any more.
It's going to take a long time, I'm afraid... :(
*hugs*
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