March 8, 2014

Celebrating Women

A day to celebrate Women! My earliest memory of this day is from school. We were taken to a nearby church where they would speak about empowering women, and experiences of women around the world. It was the first exposure to the world of underprivileged women.

And then there were subtle inferences made from occurrences around me. It just got more and more obvious as I entered adulthood. To make an understatement, the way most of the world treated a woman, was different from what she would like. If she dared being a little different and outspoken, she was branded.

Some of us have come a long way from all that, but unfortunately the whole world did not move ahead with us at the same pace. We still encounter that "sick" man, that suppressing husband, that jealous colleague, that nagging relative, that competing friend, that questioning acquaintance, that crazy community, that biased nation.

But we have made progress! Along with celebrating the many inspiring stories, I hope today many more women muster the courage to fight their own battles. And till all these battles are fought and won, many of us will be branded. Yes I am proud to be branded a Feminist! Happy Women's Day!


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Madhu - good to see you're going to be joining us in the A-Z .. I'm coming over from Tina one of the co-hosts to just welcome you to the Challenge, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Tina can be found here: and if you've any questions please don't hesitate to ask ...

Looking forward to seeing there.

Celebrating Women - is I think a really good idea ... we need much more of it - but as you say we have made progress. Also as archives are researched more women are being recognised from our pasts ...

Cheers to you - Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Madhu - forgot to tick the email follow up box - hence this small addition to your comments! Cheers H

Madhu said...

Hi Hilary - Thanks for stopping by! I am really looking forward to the A-Z challenge next month, and reading other blogs and making new acquaintances.