International Women’s Day 2022
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect, increase visibility and celebrate women’s achievements. When inequality is still evident in different parts of the world, it is important for us to consider our contribution and how we can positively impact the lives of women.
It was only 122 years ago when The Great Unrest began. In the early 1900s, women began to vocalise their oppression and inequality. International Women’s Day was implemented at different times all around the world. In Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, the day was first marked in 1911, the United Kingdom quickly followed suit. The United Nations recognised the annual event in 1974. However, the centenary was celebrated worldwide in 2011.
Why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
The day allows us to educate ourselves and applaud those who have made significant contributions to women’s lives. However, it is important to consider the challenges and successes that all women face daily.
The day prompts you to:
- Educate yourself on women’s rights all around the world
- Identify how you can uplift women and make a positive difference in their lives
- Raise awareness against gender bias and challenge stereotypes
- Empower women
- Improve women’s experience in all aspects of their lives, including the workplace, healthcare, and lifestyle
Celebrate International Women’s Day by taking some time to read, listen and learn.
Break the Bias
Bias occurs via preconceived ideas that you possess through subjective experience. Gender stereotypes hinder objectivity in all aspects of life. Often these stereotypes start young when primary school teachers ask the boys to put away the chairs and ask the girls to tidy the paper and pens. It can be difficult to unlearn what is ingrained into society. However, this is no excuse not to try.
Firstly, challenge bias and learn to identify stereotypes. Look to the women around you, they are all wonderfully unique. Look to the women in history, how they rallied together to progress. Celebrate their differences and their growth. Learning and understanding can lead to positive changes in your mindset.
Who inspires you?
Loughborough University is home to many inspiring women. Whether it is a political activist, cutting edge scientist, medical professional, or a family member, women achieve great things daily. Role models do not have to be famous, but you can let them know that they are valued and that you recognise what they do.
My mum is the most inspiring woman in my life. She raised a family as a single mother whilst working two jobs. It is incredible that she juggled work, family, and life, and still managed to undertake an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. What was even more impressive, was that the house was always tidy, and she found time to come up with engaging games. Granted, some of the games may have been for her child development module, but we still had fun, nonetheless.
You see the influence of women everywhere. Utilise International Women’s Day and read about women’s achievements. Whether you are interested in the sciences or the arts, there will be hundreds of influential figures ready for you to discover.
To get involved and learn more about International Women’s Day 2022, please visit the dedicated webpage.
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