International Women’s Day

It’s March 8th, International women’s day, and women of Wales have been invited to blog about those who inspire them. 

Today I am both humbled and brought to the edge of tears by a blog my friend and fellow writer, Sandra Bendelow, posted:

So in reply, who might I name?

There are so many – maybe too many to name or this becomes a self-congratulatory roll call. The presence of many of the women who inspire me to strive to be better than I am are already on this blog.

But perhaps it is important to reflect on women and their achievements in what has felt to me recently as an increasingly misogynistic world. It is a world where a fifteen year old girl can be shot in the head on a school bus for wanting to have an education; it is a world where a female medical student can be raped on a public bus and left to die at the roadside in Delhi; it is a world where a sixteen year old girl can be stabbed fatally on the Birmingham bus taking her to school, twenty four hours ago. Sexual assaults in august institutions and by ‘national treasures’ dominate the press amidst gagging orders and white-washing, whilst casual sexism creeps back into the media and stalks popular culture.

Maybe it’s my skin getting thinner as I age, but I am feeling the cold more – and the gender climate outside is feeling decidedly hostile and chilly.

So before I depress you all, let’s seize the moment to celebrate and give thanks. I salute the campaigners and the whistle blowers, the activists and the doers, ‘the  difficult women’ and ‘the ball breakers’, the scary marys and their redoubtable chums, the viragos and the slatterns, the harpies, hags, and shrews, the biddies and the xanthippes, the jezebels, medusas, gorgons and graeaes, the vixens and the fishwives, the battleaxes and witches, the crones, ogresses, and old bags… keep answering back, keep leaving your mark, never be bowed and long may you continue….

5 responses to “International Women’s Day

  1. You forgot the harridans. I’m sorry you find the world misogynistic, I’d thought things were improving and more steps towards a real equality were happening. Yes, there is always violence but that won’t change whether it’s directed at women or just the weak in society as long as the violent aren’t punished. Time for women in Government to show the men up and create a bill to serve this purpose.
    Many men recognise women as the peacemakers and would be happy to see you in seats of power with the exception of the Catholic Church which has had it’s time I think. The priests should leave and marry instead of preying on children and the church should put it’s obscene wealth to better use.
    So on this day, know that men do support women on this side of the World and don’t want to see you as subservient.

    • Thank you so much for this.
      Yes – I celebrate the allies, the male feminists, the humanists who want equality, regardless of gender, or race, or sexual preference, or anything else…
      I o appreciate you taking time to write – and of such supportive things.
      More power to you, and thanks a million…..

  2. I’m a couple of days late, but … love it.

  3. I received this from my dear friend Julie Mc

    It was International Women’s Day yesterday, celebrate by watching this
    and passing it on.

    No donations are asked for. Please view this short slide presentation
    about the closure of girls’ schools in an area of Pakistan.

    Every time someone watches it, the girls’ school gets some money. It’s

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