Most of us are aware that International Women's Day honours the lives, achievements, efforts and struggles of women across the world. It's a time for us to remember the brave women who made it possible for us to claim an equal status in society. There's a lot to celebrate and we women should take advantage of this day as an opportunity to assert ourselves and have a bit of fun along the way. Here are a few suggestions:
1. The women decide the menu
In most families even today, men's or kids' preferences are the first priority while deciding the menu for the day. Change that on Women's Day. Just for this day, at least, make it a rule that all the meals will be decided according to the preferences of the women in the family--grandmas, mothers, aunts and even the little girls! Understand that you are special and claim the right to pamper yourself and be catered to by your family. If the men do the cooking, so much the better! Ultimately, work towards prioritizing yourself more when it comes to decisions like meals.
2. Freedom from housework
While you are on an emancipation spree, you might as well go all the way and hand over the household chores to the daddies, grandpas and the little boys. Let them deal with it for just one day and get and an idea of what you handle as a matter of course, even in these 'modern times'! Believe me, it will make them respect your efforts and struggles the way nothing else can--after all, only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. So, let the men in your life walk in your shoes for one day a year at the very least!
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches. So, let the men in your life walk in your shoes for one day a year at the very least!
3. Create mementos
Since Women's Day is really about being inspired by women and creating sensitivity towards them, what better way to celebrate it than by creating small mementos about what it means to be a woman or to be inspired by a woman. Ask your family and your loved ones to write just one or two lines about what you mean to them. It could be in the form of a small card, or an email, or a text/WhatsApp message. Even encourage them to share with you anything that they might wish you to correct or change about yourself. After all, you love them the most in the world and want them to be happy around you! Take time yourself to think and write about the women who played a significant role in your own life. This will make you feel truly appreciated and give you a lot of inner peace.
4. An all-girls' outing
Women's Day is not just about the sentimental stuff. It is also about having fun and celebrating your womanhood. Plan an all-girls' outing, either with the female members of the family or with your sisters and friends. Go for a shopping spree or take in a movie. Have a meal together and laugh till you cry. And since the weather is great, you could even do a picnic. Yes, the kids have exams, but you could do it in the morning!
5. Join the cause
And lastly, believe it or not, International Women's Day is symbolic of a great cause--a great crusade, still being fought by millions of women around the world. This Women's Day, promise to join the cause and do your bit--however little it may be--to improve a lot of the women you come in contact with. It might be in the form of extending more support to your own mom or mother-in-law, who did not enjoy the rights you do, or doing a little bit extra for your domestic helpers who might be living in exploitative conditions, or even vowing to let nothing stop your little girl from being who she is and becoming what she wants to be.
So, raise your hands, women of today, and become a part of a great worldwide tradition this International Women's Day!
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