Be Bold For Change. On this International Women’s Day, what does being bold change look like for you?
For me, being bold for change is how I live my life – everyday. I have some very strong beliefs and I share them whenever I have a soapbox available to me. Like my blog. Ok, it wasn’t handed to me, I created it, but it’s still mine and I am not afraid to use it to voice my beliefs and create change. And let’s be honest, I’m naturally bold. It’s my thing.
Be bold for change.
I’m not just bold, I am a feminist. Yes, I just said the F word. I am not afraid of the F word and think that while it’s a label (I hate labels!) it’s more about a way of thinking and living vs. an attribute that defines me as a person. So with that said, do you actually understand what feminism is? Most think it’s a scary thing that has unshaven, emotional women walking around without bras demanding stuff. That makes me laugh. Mostly because for me, not shaving has more to do with being lazy than my beliefs. Let’s make that clear up front.
Ok, now that you are focused on my legs, I’m going to bring you back to the F word. What does feminism really mean? For me, it means you firmly believe and support the fact that men and women are equal. Period.
Here some more ‘official’ definitions:
Wikipedia: Feminism : is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment.
Merriam-Websters: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes; the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities; organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
I’m not sure how anyone – especially women – could disagree with this. The idea that your X and Y chromosomes should have any bearing on your rights of equality boggles my mind. But maybe that’s because I’m female and I’m fighting for equality. Sadly, I say that with all seriousness. With so many generations of suppression behind me – us – it’s not hard for people to continually struggle with the idea that equality should just be.
Clearly, I am a feminist.
Creating a world where human rights are equal rights clearly extends beyond the sexes. It means that regardless of your skin colour, age, gender, sexual choices, religion, etc., we are human. Period. That is all that should matter. I believe in this deep down in my soul. And I don’t believe in lip service – I live my beliefs and share them every chance I get. Some may see that as being bold for change. But for me, I just see it as Erin being Erin.
Women’s Right are Human Rights
Women’s rights are important to me, so I’m going to use my soapbox to educate and discuss women’s rights and issues over the next few weeks with the hope to empower women to be bold for change; to seek opportunities to educate and push for change. Ignorance around equality is rampant and we need everyone – all ages and sexes – to know deep in their soul that equality is not optional. Equality is a human right.
So I encourage you all to educate your friends, family, politicians, change makers, etc. that the F word is good and is needed to change old beliefs. Without us being bold for change, we’ll keep having days like International Women’s Day. And wouldn’t it be nice not to?