“You can be certain that long patience and griefs jealously hidden have tempered and sharpened and toughened this woman till everyone cries, ‘She’s made of Steel!’ No, she is merely made ‘of woman‘ – and that is enough.” – The Vagabond, Colette.
It’s a day late for International Women’s Day but women are awesome 365 days a year. You think we have achieved equality, parity and should stop banging on about it by now? Think again.
Yes, for the last 100 years we have had the right to vote – whoopee!- and yes, there are female heads of state, CEOs, etc etc etc, but for how many hundreds of years have we not had these choices?
And now, just look at Trump’s all-male committee making policies on women’s reproductive rights, right now in the 21st century.
Look at the gender pay gaps which many organisations still hush up about (often the same ones who spend advertising money on celebrations of their brilliant female workforce on International Women’s Day) – and all the fuss that was made about having a woman’s head on the banknote.
Look at the way so many everyday items including mobile phones are developed for male bodies so that women just have to adapt. Hey, we’re women, we’re good at that, but in terms of equality, when women have been excluded from influence and inclusion for so very long, there is still a hell of a long way to go.
This is one of a series of multi tasking everyday goddesses, juggling algorhythms, psychogeography and domestic whizzery without batting an eyelid. It’s just what we do.