To every woman around the globe,
I am writing this letter to thank each one of you for seeking freedom, fighting battles, aiming for transformation, finding an honorable place for yourself in this politically and the socially entangled world. I want you to look into the mirror and thank yourself for all the days you had to step out of your comfort zones to courageously face new challenges. Thank yourself for speaking up and changing a life – a sister, daughter, mother, friend or a stranger. Thank yourself for trying exhaustively hard each day, for not losing your patience and for putting up with unpardonable situations or people. Thank yourself for being you.
Believe it or not, we still have a long way to go. Yes, there is a transformational nip in the air. Few women have been given the freedom and liberty they rightly deserve. But the numbers are countable and heartrending. As Michelle Obama said, “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” If we look at the progress already made – a storm is definitely brewing. The day is not far when the transformation is going to explode every nook and corner of this globe.
“I believe absolutely in my own free will and my own power to accomplish and that is the belief that moves mountains. ” – Jean Webster. Today, women are more daring and accomplishing things that you couldn’t have imagined years ago. They are feeling empowered to embrace their idiosyncrasies, pursue exceptional careers, live/travel independently and exist on their own terms.
The first observance of a Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909 in New York, March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Women’s Conference to become an “International Women’s Day.” March 8 is a day to celebrate our achievements of all that we have conquered over the years and look forward to yet another ambitious year of conquests and triumphs.
Lastly, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to men who believe in equality, understand the true significance of feminism and support our revolutionary endeavors.
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
Happy International Women’s Day!