Today marks the annual celebration of International Women’s Day, a day in which we remember and celebrate all the amazing achievements of women throughout history and the present day. While we have achieved so much it is important to remember that there is still much more work to be done.
Each year 1.4 million women still suffer domestic abuse in England and Wales and seven women are month are killed by a current partner.
Women on average are likely earn £300,000 less than men over their working lives, on top of that women may suffer with the “motherhood penalty” upon returning to work if they have children.
Do we need IWD?
YES! Today I read an article about the youngest women to become a judge at the age of 30, having made partner at 29. In a country where we have only one female Supreme Court judge (go Lady Hale), it was an inspirational thing to read as a law student.
However, the comments left a lot to be desired:
“I’d hit it”
“She looks like she gives good head”
It boggles the mind that in 2017 that the comments on article talking about one women’s amazing achievements the only thing that one person thought merited commenting on was the fact that she was attractive.
So yes we do need IWD because their are still some people who think a women’s only worth is her looks and her ability to open her legs! So to try and educate these people who think that our only redeeming factors are the arrangement of our facial features and where some lumps of fat happen to sit on our body here is my list of inspirational women.
- Lady Hale – for rising to the Supreme Court,championing the holistic approach and inspiring women in the legal profession
- Dr Anna Carline – for bringing the Gender and law module to my university and opening our eyes to the challenges still faced by women today
- Angela Merkel – for holding her own in the EU
- Michelle Obama – for inspiring women around the world, fighting for women and children across the U.S.
- J.K.Rowling – for ensuring that girls had a variety intelligent female characters to inspire them and donating so much to charity.
- Rosa Parks – for staying in that seat and fighting for equality
- Emmeline Pankhurst – because without you I wouldn’t be able to vote
- Malala Yousafzai – for being the girl who stood up for education and wouldn’t let a bullet to the head stop her.
- Marie Curie – for winning two Nobel Peace Prizes and giving women in the sciences inspiration
- My Mum – for inspiring me every day. She had raised me at University and still got a maths degree from Durham, she bought our first home on her own and got a PHD while raising two children, and making sure Dad, my brother and I stayed alive, all while working full time. She has always been the woman I look up and she constantly inspires me to work as hard as I can.
Happy International Women’s Day to all the women out there, your amazing. Thank you to all the woman who has fought so hard for gender equality, 100 years ago I wouldn’t be sat her able to vote while studying for a degree. To all of the women in my life I am lucky to know you and thank you for being so amazing.
Until next time…