What should a man know about Women's Day?

Written by: Andrés Suro

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Celebrating Women's Day goes beyond the usual flowers and gifts ; it's an opportunity to honor and appreciate the incredible achievements, challenges, and contributions of women worldwide. Take a moment to think about the women in your life – your mom, sister, friend, or colleague.


And hey , men, you're an important part of the equation too ! Being an ally means more than just nodding along; it's about actively challenging stereotypes and championing gender equality. Nobody's asking for perfection here, just a genuine effort to create a world where everyone, no matter their gender, can thrive. So, let's get together, acknowledge the need for change, and stand up against inequality. It's time to work side by side, building a society that's not just inclusive but downright supportive. Cheers to celebrating Women's Day in a way that makes a real difference!

Historical Origins


Let's talk about the roots of Women's Day. It is like discovering an empowering story woven with resilience, advocacy, and the pursuit of equality. Imagine this: women in the early 20th century, dealing with tough working conditions, coming together, and standing up for their rights. The turning point? The tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911¹, shedding light on unsafe workplaces and uniting women worldwide in a demand for better conditions and rights.


Now, let's talk about the International Women's Conference in Copenhagen in 1910 – the birthplace of the idea of dedicating a day to women's rights. March 8, 1913, marked the first official Women's Day celebration, a major milestone in the ongoing fight for women's rights. Today, Women's Day serves as a powerful reminder of women's enduring spirit and their shared journey toward equality. Knowing this historical context isn't just about paying homage to the trailblazing women of the past; it's about finding inspiration to fuel our commitment to creating a more equitable society for everyone.


Understanding the history of Women's Day isn't just about a date on the calendar; it's a tribute to the unwavering efforts of women who fought for their rights throughout history. From suffragette movements to today's struggles, women have consistently pushed for equality. Men, by recognizing this history, gain insight into the challenges faced by women and can actively contribute to a more just and equal future. Recognition of Challenges

Let's talk about understanding the challenges women face as a key step in creating a world that's more supportive and empathetic. Here are some examples of challenges:

  • Women navigate through a variety of hurdles in different aspects of life – from workplace inequalities to societal expectations . Their experiences are shaped by these challenges, highlighting the importance of recognizing the resilience and strength they show while juggling multiple roles and responsibilities. By understanding the obstacles women encounter both personally and professionally, we can cultivate compassion and work towards environments that promote equality and inclusivity.

  • In the workplace, women often grapple with issues like the gender pay gap, limited opportunities for advancement, and biases . Acknowledging these challenges doesn't just open a door; it swings open a gateway to constructive conversations and initiatives aimed at creating fairer and more inclusive workspaces.

  • Additionally, recognizing societal pressures related to body image, expectations, and stereotypes empowers us to challenge and break free from these constraints. It's a collective call to action for everyone to be allies in dismantling gender norms and building a world where women can flourish without shouldering undue societal burdens.


Through understanding and acknowledging these challenges, we collectively contribute to shaping a more supportive and equitable world for women. 

Active Listening


Beyond recognizing their difficulties, there are various actions we can take. I suggest actively engaging in attentive listening to better understand their situation. Imagine active listening as granting your full attention a front-row seat in a conversation . It transcends mere hearing; it involves tuning into the woman's message, both spoken and unspoken. Being fully present allows you to grasp not just the spoken words but also subtle nuances, emotions, and unspoken cues that contribute to a deeper understanding.


Being an active listener is crucial on Women's Day and beyond, as it's an opportunity to truly appreciate and acknowledge the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of the women in our lives. It goes beyond mere nods; it requires genuine curiosity and a willingness to step into her shoes, understanding her perspective without judgment.


Empowerment, not Condescension


It's not about talking down to women; it's about recognizing all the amazing things they do. Imagine it like a big party where each woman brings something special to the table, making life more interesting. This celebration isn't just for one day; it's a constant appreciation for the different roles women have – as leaders, caregivers, friends, and more. By acknowledging and valuing what women do, we create a positive environment that highlights their important role in everything.



Participation in the Struggle for Equality


Wondering how to join the never-ending fight for equality? Lets just say that there are many ways of doing it- it's not about flashy moves but everyday actions that challenge biases and nurture equal opportunities.


  1. Whether you're at work, home, or in your community, being an active participant means being aware of inequalities and taking steps to address them . It's like planting seeds of change and giving them the care they need to grow into a more equitable and just future.

  2. Participating in the struggle for equality is like a series of small but powerful acts that, when combined, make a significant impact. From championing diverse voices to standing up against discrimination, each action contributes to breaking down barriers. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach but a flexible and inclusive effort that considers the unique challenges faced by different individuals.

  3. By actively getting involved in this ongoing struggle, you create a ripple effect, inspiring others to join in and fostering a sense of unity.

Continue commitment


Now that you understand what Woman's Day is truly about, it's more than just a celebration; it's a commitment to supporting equality, fostering inclusivity, and driving positive change. The key ingredient is consistency. Recognizing that progress requires both time and persistence. By making consistent, incremental efforts, you actively contribute to creating a more compassionate world. Let's view ongoing dedication not as a burden, but as a rewarding journey toward making a lasting positive impact. It's about effecting change, one step at a time!


Reference


McEvoy, A. F. (1995). The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: Social change, industrial accidents, and the evolution of common-sense causality. Law & Social Inquiry, 20(2), 621-651.

Andrés Suro

Author: Andrés Suro  (Sexual Coach at MYHIXEL)


Psychologist specialized in the social area and expert in sexology applied to education.