Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. It’s a time when the world unites to honor the effort of both women and men, as well as girls and boys, to make the world a little more equal. But did you know the United States ranks 104th in the world on female representation in the legislature? Women hold 83 out of 435 seats in Congress. That’s why the Women’s Marches earlier this year called on women who are interested in politics to run for office. I hope more of us will do so. People can’t vote for us if we don’t run!
If you’re reading this and you’re a man or a boy, I would like to say to those among you who supported us at the Women’s Marches — thank you for marching with the women and girls in your life. For those who didn’t march but supported us in spirit, I thank you too.
If you’re a woman or a girl, the theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange. If politics is not your thing, there is always something you can do to bring gender parity to the home, classroom, workplace or anywhere else. This hashtag is a reminder that we can be bold in asking for equal respect wherever we might be.
Feminism is to everyone’s benefit. We’re too often taught to think that only a certain type of person should be in power, when the truth is, power resides in all of us. The day we realize that we are all equal in our potential, is the day that everyone wins.
Happy International Women’s Day. I like to think of this as a day for everyone, no matter who you are.