Why Celebrate Women Only Once A Year?

The history of celebrating Women’s day goes back to least a century in time. The UN describes International Women’s Day, March 8th, as ¬†‘a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.’
In around 26 countries the day has been declared as an official holiday for women from 2017 onwards. In the US, ‘ A Day Without A Woman’ protest is taking place today which makes it even more significant.

In a country like ours, while women in the metro cities enjoy a better status today, it still isn’t as ideal or uniform as it should be. Being a woman in a society like ours is a challenge. This society has some set norms. Doing things we aren’t “supposed” to like working late, traveling alone at night, grabbing a drink after work and even staying single even after crossing the ‘marriageable’ age still invites disapproval.

We don’t need you to celebrate us once a year, and we definitely don’t need a card saying “Happy Women’s Day!” What we need is to be part of a society where it is not a challenge to be a woman.
A society where all humans are treated equally. Women have contributed way too much to the society, like ours to not be recognized or acknowledged for it. The society needs a little perspective to see that women are much more than what the society limits us to.

From Savitribai Phule to Neerja Bhanot to Priyanka Chopra to Malala Yousafzai to Pooja Dhingra to Saina Nehwal, there is so much inspiration all around us which is enough to change the way the society thinks. And it should, if we change our mindsets, starting from home.

Women can be more than the roles we play throughout our lives. Women can be anything and anyone they aspire to be.¬†Women have broken molds, we will continue to do so. Celebrate women every day, in case you don’t already!

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Shivani Ahuja

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