It is a time to remember all of the women in the world that had the moxy to stand up against oppression and tyranny and say NO! This is not fair or just, and we can do better than this.
It is not a day 'just for feminists', as some pathetic men would try to insinuate, it is a day for women, all women, everywhere. It is a day for every mother, daughter, sister and female across the globe to come together and celebrate how far we have all come and how we will continue to grow together into the future.
The 2017 theme was Be Bold For Change, and asked women to unite in the fight for equal pay, inclusiveness and gender equal rights around the globe. What a tremendously better world it will be when we finally get there. I heard on the radio this morning that in the 1980's only 50% of women in the world had jobs and today that has risen to 70%, and even though we are bewilderingly still fighting for equal pay, we have made good progress. Today more women finish university than men, and every year more and more women undertake positions as CEO's and corporate figureheads, so yes, things are changing and we have the pioneers of change to thank for that.
Google's search bar had a terrific tribute for International Women's Day today. It featured several motivational and inspirational women from minority groups, struggling countries and notoriously difficult female environments that had risen above all of the nay-sayers, oppressors and haters to forge ahead and craft their own place in the world. God knows I love a good motivational story, but I especially love it when I get to see the underdog rise above it all, and even more if that underdog is a woman.
So stand tall and proud ladies of the world, we are making a difference together and nothing can stop our progress from here. Besides, let's be honest, we already know who run the world.....we just need the male folk to catch up.
Release Date: 2016
Running Time: 127 mins
This may be the feel good movie of the year for me. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures tells the story of three African American women that worked for NASA during the Space Race period of the early 1960's. The movie outlines the women's triumphs, their hardships and the extreme levels of racism and sexism that they had to endure during that time.
Mathematician Katherine Johnson, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan all work for NASA. Through sheer determination and courage, they overcome obstacles and initiate changes that alter the face of NASA and raise equal rights for African American women everywhere.
I absolutely loved this story, it is a tale that is not only interesting, but also one that really deserves to be heard. These terrifically intelligent and self motivated women are portrayed beautifully by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae who are just tremendous on screen and delightfully enjoyable to watch together. If you are looking for some motivation and inspiration, this movie has got you covered.
FINAL SAY: I know you probably believe that.
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