Happy International Women's Day

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Happy International Women's Day everyone!

This is one of those topics that I just knew I had to write about, but also didn't know what I would say. So this might turn into a bit of a rambly post, and I'm not sorry about it because these are thoughts that I need to get out there into the world.

Did you know that 2018 marks 100 years since some women were given the right to vote in the UK? Did you know that the gender gap in pay is at its lowest? Did you know that last year 113 women were killed by an incident of domestic abuse last year? And this is just in the UK.

I am happy to call myself a feminist. I am happy to stand up for the rights of my gender. Which is why I want to highlight the importance of today. I want to tell you a story about a male student that I teach, and how we still have so far to go.

This student asked me if I wanted to hear a joke, I have learnt that it is easier to say yes at times like this to get it over with and move on with the lesson. So he responded with "did you know that International Women's Day was meant to be on the 7th? But it took the women so long to get ready that they had to push it back a day".

Safe to say that I was not happy, and I made them well aware of that fact. The issue is that chauvinism is still a large part of our culture, and speaking as a teacher I can easily say that there will always be some who are reluctant to learn.

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So let's go back to some of the facts that I mentioned earlier. According to the UK Government (post is here) is gender pay gap is at it's lowest ever, or at least it was in 2016 when the article was written. The figure that they quote is 18%, but the truth of the matter is that it will take a further 200 years to reduce that 18% to zero. This means that not only will our daughters still be fighting for equal pay but their daughters will too, and we still wont be close.

The second disturbing fact that I mentioned is that last year in the UK alone 113 women were killed in an act of domestic violence. At this moment in time I do want to mention that domestic violence is not gender specific, that women are not the only victims, but as today is International Women's Day I am concentrating on the acts towards women. (I am happy to write a post looking at the impact upon both genders in the future).

Now I'm not an expert on the matter, and everything I have mentioned is what I have learnt spending a few hours hours of my time researching the matter. And the next thing is to step up and do something about it.

What you might ask, well first of all you can #PressforProgress either here or at the bottom of this post. You can take a selfie like I have with one of the International Women's Day Selfie Cards and share it on your social media.

If you want to put your money where your mouth is then I would suggest donating to a Women's charity, I have decided that I will be donating to Women's Aid (here) and WAGGGS (here), the latter because I have been a Brownie leader for over ten years now and I see first hand some of the amazing work that they have done.

As I said this was a bit of a rambly post, and I didn't even get to mention the wonderful women in my life that inspire me. So my call to action for you guys is to #PressforProgress, to donate and to tell me about a woman who inspires you in the comments below. I will be choosing my favourite comments and sharing them on my Instagram.