Activism, Parenting

International Women’s Day – Get Happy. Get Mad.

8 March, 2012

It is International Day of the Woman! I love the eclecticness of this day. That it is a time to celebrate the inventors, the Nobel Prize winners, the mothers, the smiling bus drivers, the stereotype challenging female construction workers. But also that it is a chance to raise awareness of the ongoing plight of women – the women dying in childbirth, the women locked out of decisions,  the hungry ones (80% of the 1 billion hungry people are female), the everyday oppression that my daughter and I face sitting on a bus driving past objectified female bodies on billboards. It is simultaneously a day to get party popper happy and a day to get letter writingly furious.

(What? No one else writes letters when you are angry?! When something crap happens to me my most fire breathing response is: THEY ARE GETTING A LETTER!!!!!!! )

Recently a colleague asked me if things have changed for me since motherhood’s dawn- have my priorities shifted? I thought for a while before I answered. Might I have become a bit more locally focused? A bit more mum, a bit less global citizen? I answered with total honesty when I replied no. Things haven’t shifted. If anything being a mother adds a fury filter, a ragey lens through which I see things – how dare people make decisions that will drive more conflict into Ramona’s globe? How dare those advertisers create even more limitations on her future?  I wrote recently that being a mother IS enough. I believe that. Being a mother has the potential to be massively world changing. But motherhood definitely makes me more determined to nurture beauty and peace and equality and freedom. For Ramona’s sake and the sake of millions of other children around the world. 

I hope you find chance this International Women’s Day to be both delighted and cross. Personally I am going to use my anger with Equals because they have a HOST of suggestions for taking action and use my happiness on a smoothie date with another mum and child. Feel free to share what you are up to, would love to hear about it. If you have blogged about International Women’s day PLEASE link up – and take a chance to read and comment on the other posts.

Happy International Women’s Day! 

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  • Valerie 8 March, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I think that having a small child makes you feel even more conscious of the inadequacies in the world, because you are the one who has to try and explain them to your child. Also, a child is not born with discrimination inbuilt, so you are also responsible for knocking the shine off the perfect world they live in. But hey, its not all bad. I am looking forward to watching ‘White Heat’ on BBC2 tonight, I read the book, which is a bit of a slog at times, but worth the effort. Anyway, it will serve as reminder of how things have changed.
    I also believe motherhood should be ‘enough’ providing both the mother and children are receiving enough mental stimulation to make them equally happy.

    • lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      Happy IWD!
      Gosh, yeah, am not at the explaining stage quite yet. That is another level, eh?

  • Suze 8 March, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I write more letters now I’m a mum! Everyone from Muller to Micralite have felt my wrath lately! We have a responsibility to try to make things better, whether it’s the quality of our yoghurts or the plans to bulldoze the local playground.

    • lulastic 8 March, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Hehe- hello fellow letter writer.
      Maybe you’ve cracked it – becoming a mother comes with such responsibility that this just leaks into other areas too?
      Keep raging! 🙂