Why Do We Need International Women’s Day?

Written by Jenn Sadai

 

 

 

 

 

We have the same rights and freedoms as men, right? We can vote, we can work in any industry, and there are laws in place to protect us from pay inequality and sexual harassment. On paper, things appear to be fair.

Do you think it’s fair?

Is it fair that my butt has been smacked or grabbed while serving drinks to rowdy men?

Is it fair that the President of a company I worked for asked me why I didn’t put more effort into my appearance, because I could look so much prettier?

Is it fair that at my last job, I suggested a process improvement that no one listened to until I convinced a male co-worker to suggest it?

Is it fair that over 20 women from my last job were paid 20-40% less for the same work? If one wise woman didn’t report it to the Ministry of Labor, none of us would have known we were underpaid.

Is it fair that when I’m the only women in a meeting, my male colleagues always expect me to take the notes for the group?

Is it fair that I was turned down for a management opportunity at a company because they didn’t think the all male staff would take direction from a young woman?

And that’s just a few of my personal examples. I’m sure that every woman reading this article can think of countless more examples. Look at the size of the #MeToo movement or the global domestic violence epidemic. In the overwhelming majority of abuse, rape or assault cases, the aggressor is male and the victim is female.

Fair would mean things are equal. I doubt many men have experienced the same treatment I listed above, and I guarantee it pales in comparison to the women who can relate to it. Men are rarely rated or berated for their appearance. They are offered fair pay and advancement opportunities based on their abilities without having to fight for it. They are freely given the respect we fight for daily.

We need awareness and laws that protect women. We need to continue to fight to level the playing field. We need our voices heard, so the next generation of women will never experience the same discrimination and harassment we’ve experienced throughout our lives.

That’s why I feel we need International Women’s Day.

 

Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee, and Cottage Cheese Thighs. Website

 

 

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