It’s March 8, 2017. and the whole world is celebrating International Women’s Day. Again, it’s time to think about women’s rights, time to ask questions, raise one’s voice, call for changes. And, more importantly, it’s time to say- thank you- to all extraordinary women who have played an amazing role in history. Starting with 15000 brave women from New York in 1908, demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights, continuing to Clara Zetkin and many other open minded and brave women. The point of March 8 comes to this mighty word – equality. In education, health, culture, politics, business, right to make choices. On one hand, great improvements have been made, but on the other hand, women are still not presented equally as men are. And the violence against them is worse than that of men. It seems that people are slow learners…and I wonder how long will it take to make things equal when it comes to genders? And I wonder, will it ever happen? To tell you the truth, I’m not sure about it.
But, I don’t want to think of the negative sides. Let’s stick to the bright side of life. That’s what I generally do. For instance, when I compare my grandmother’s other’s life and my own, there are loads of crucial differences. Everything is much easier today. I’m raised to live, think, breathe as an educated, independent and open minded woman. I make my own choices. And my choices are to be a mother, wife, to work on my education, cultural life, to travel…to do whatever makes me happy. I’m free. According to my opinion, every woman should feel and live this way.
What is really great and promising is that nowadays, more and more women choose to spend their time travelling. Lots of my friends spend their weekends or vacations in girl gatherings. They travel together, without husbands, kids, in short, without obligations…just for their own sake and pleasure. I think this is good, we all need some space and time to relax, slow down and think about our lives from a distance. Some women even choose to travel alone. From my point of view, this is also acceptable because solitude, mixed with travelling to unknown countries is surely one of the most liberating experiences. There are fabulous destinations created for solo female travelers. It’s good to spend some time alone, set up priorities, make new plans. Generally, it always feels good to live a life you love and to go back to basics.
For all these reasons, it’s good to be a woman today. It’s not perfect, but, hey, is there anything perfect?