By being a woman alone, you are making a difference. You see, I’m not a feminist, I support both men and women and I think we all do an incredible job.
I am not trying to prove anything to any man except to prove to myself alone, firstly, that I can do and be anything I want to be and then, to any Man, that they, too, can do the same. Just don’t underestimate me if I’m up against you, that is what I would say to men!
International women’s day for me is not about a fight, or who’s wrong or right.
Yes, we should get the same privileges as any man like for like, in fact, more since we can perform childbirth actually, if you want to be pedantic about it.
I remember many years ago, when I was a sales representative for British Steel. It was a male dominated industry yet they used to love sending the women out on the road since the male buyers would sometimes, not all the time, buy from us as apposed to men, because they liked the relationship of a woman walking up the site with her business suit on and a cheeky smile.
For me, it didn’t make a difference if you were male or female, I love people and having laugh!
Though, when I found out that my colleague sat next to me – who, ironically, was in the same class as me in school – was on a considerable amount more money with a company car than I was, when I was only allowed to use the fleet car, I called a meeting in the office with the boss on this matter. I got a pay rise, you’re dead right I did, I was not having this!
Other than that, I don’t have any other issues really, unless in a personal relationship a man thinks he can tell me what to do, then I will call him right into that office!-)
On a more positive note, I love being a woman, it gets on my nerves sometimes how we have to maintain ourselves with hair and makeup against the fellas, but I love that we have that opportunity to do so – so i celebrate that.
I, also, celebrate all the other women who have gone before us who have made a difference. Even my own mother, she’s not old, though married to my dad in an old school Irish relationship, she didn’t even have her own bank account until some 20 years ago. Also, to my Nannie who was fiesty and stood up against all odds.
My mother would often say I’m like Mother Theresa – always trying to help people – and I know I am. It’s just who I am.
As she says:
‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’
This is me, if I can just try to help be a positive difference to someone in life, that it will in turn, create many ripples and for me this International Women’s Day, I choose to do just that.