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Happy International Women's Day

Today is International Woman's Day. Before we get all uptight about celebrating women and being feminists (which we should all be - including you guys), lets remember why we needed this day in the first place. Today is about celebrating our achievements - whether that be completely personal or our wider political achievements. It's a day to reflect, call for change and celebrate all kinds of women who have made a difference in the world throughout history and now. To me, today is about celebrating my achievements as a woman and celebrating the world that I live in - a world that I hope will treat every human as an equal, treat everyone with kindness and help us be the greatest person we can be.


I'm celebrating my girlfriends. The ones at home who have supported me through the toughest parts of my life so far, who inspired me to be who I am today and helped me become that and who continue to do that. I'm celebrating the girlfriends I've made at university who have quickly become like family and helped me create another home miles away. I'm celebrating my sisters who are like pieces of me who I aspire to be like. I'm celebrating my mother who supports and loves me every day after all the heartache the world has thrown at her. I'm celebrating my grandmother who is my life idol - a perfection vision of a 'lady' who is fierce, strong and loving. I'm celebrating my future nieces and possible future baby. I'm celebrating the women in movies that I have watched and in books I have read who told a story and taught me something valuable. I'm celebrating the public figures and advocates like Nikki Reed, Jameela Jamil, Stacey Dooley, Princess Diana, Coco Chanel, Malala Yousafzai, Serena Williams and many more! And finally, I'm celebrating you.


I think people find it hard to strike a balance - none of us want to be 'that' girl who shoves it down your throat that men are trash and women are fabulous (for the record, that girl isn't a feminist) and no one wants to be the girl that doesn't care and lets inequality pass by. Sometimes I worry that by writing feminist things on Twitter or posting my support for something, people will think I'm too opinionated and I've also really found that being called a feminist can sometimes be an insult. But I want this post to recognise that feminism is a necessity at the moment, but it's not just for women - we need to be striving for equal rights for everyone.


I could write a billion things about my thoughts on International Women's Day and women in general! But I'm going to keep it simple and share my favourite quotes that empower me, inspire me and make me feel lucky to be a woman!


"We all move forward when we recognise how resilient and striking the women around us are"


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"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders"


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"Whats the greatest lesson a woman should learn?

That since day one, she's already had everything she needs within herself. It is the world that convinced her she did not"


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"Clothes aren't going to change the world. The women who wear them will"


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"A woman should be two things: who and what she wants to be"


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"This body is just the keeper of my magic. Who cares where it folds or dimples"


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"Don't ignore your own potential"


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"Each time a woman stands up for herself. She stands up for all women"


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"A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women the freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself"


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"Care less about thigh gaps and more about wage gaps"


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"Do not become small for someone who refuses to grow"


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"They tried to bury us but they did not know we were seeds"


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"You're a woman. You define femininity"


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"The only cure I have ever known for fear and doubt and loneliness is an immense love of self"


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"Baby, you are the strongest flower that ever grew. Remember that when the weather changes"


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"Teach girls to be somebodies instead of somebody's"


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Finally, I'm going to end this post with a message from the UN's website - "The 2019 theme Think equal, build smart, innovate for change focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure"

So have a think about your role today!


Emmanuelle


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