International women’s day. I treasure women, I treasure men. I don’t think we need special days – just like we don’t do “Father’s Day” and “Mother’s Day” in our house. I respect and admire all the strong and brave people who made it possible for us to live with the rights we have today. And I acknowledge many people needing better lives still.
But I heard that in US women had been encouraged to not work and not spend today, to show how society’s wheels would not turn without us. And in Australia some companies have started ratios for how many women you need to hire. I don’t think that’s the way.
Progress is created not by war, provocation or rules, but by visionary humans (men and women). Respecting each other, finding the root cause when things are not right yet and then encouraging each other to take the brave steps needed.
We all have both masculine and feminine energy and drive. Using both is a strong combination – and those heroes we celebrate today and every day would have used a fine combination of both.
So let’s be the best version of ourselves. As many days as possible. Celebrating our diversity and the magic that happens when we combine our strengths. Every day.