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Here’s to the women who died in 1908 – fighting the rights of a female. In New York (circa 1908), 129 women shut themselves in a cotton textile factory. Their act was a protest – to claim labor improvements, reduction of work day and the end of child labor. They were fighting, with no violence, to bring an end to the unfairness life held for the female sex. The owner of the cotton textile factory wanted to give them a lesson; he locked the doors and set fire to the factory, resulting in the death of all 129 workers.
On the 8th of March, 15,000 women reacted to this by marching through New York city demanding shorter work hours/better pay/a right to vote/an end to child labor. Their slogan was ‘Bread and Roses’.
Sometimes it’s really easy to forget just how much things have changed for women. Women should have never been discriminated, but with the complications of such a fucked up world, they were treated unjustly. The women, who stood up for their basic rights, are the reason we’ve managed to get here today. We have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Hearing news like, rapists or abusers getting away with crimes against woman is something I hate hearing about due to how unreasonable it is. The story of the 16 year old girl in West Bengal who was raped and burnt alive – despite her passing away two months afterwards – gained a lot of fame. I hope, everyday, that the men who did this to her get the treatment they deserve. India’s women are subject to many, many terrifying cases like this and it needs to change. A woman should feel safe, happy and have the freedom she rightly deserves. Many of us have the pleasure of this. But in many parts of the world, women are still constantly being discriminated and being treated wrongly.
I like to think of all the women who inspired me. Personal people – my mum, my sister, my grandma, my aunty – those who opened my eyes to the world, taught me things only a family member can teach and made me happy countless times. I like to think of Malala Yousafzai who is perhaps the strongest young female we have seen in the media. She chose to stand up and speak for all those like her and suffered the consequences. Even those like Rabia Basri who despite living quite a poor life, let her love of the Muslim faith keep her alive. They asked if she hated Satan, she said; ‘My love to Allah has so possessed me that no place remains for loving or hating any save Him’. I think about Nana Asam’u who proved that the pen was mightier than the sword by writing instead of going out and inflicting pain. Ching Shih who started out as a prostitute on a ship and ended up the brains of Asia’s biggest pirate crew because she’s a badass motherfucker. Mother Teresa who we all know, for helping everybody from the poor to orphans because she dedicated her life to help those who led very difficult lives. And all those who left their legacy through words – Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott etc. And modern writers – Maggie Stiefvater, Malorie Blackman, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins. And badass artists and bands – HAIM, Regina Spektor, Lorde, Lana Del Rey. Awesome fictional females – Margo from Paper Towns, Hazel from TFiOS, Daisy from TGG, Franny from F&Z – everyone single lady out there because you all are fucking! amazing!
At the end of the day, those that inspire do so through their individual ways. Their sex does not and should not matter. Regardless if you have a boobs or not/penis or a vagina/a womb to have babies or not etc. – just be your own person and change the world in your own way.
I would like to thank all the women – past, present, future – who have allowed me to be born into a world that has allowed me to freely be who I want to be, make my own choices, not have to marry a man because it’s the right thing to do and not because I love him, get an education and all the other totally cool things I take for granted.
i like that we say “oh, man” to express disappointment
because men are disappointing
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