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On International Women’s Day 2021 Choose to Challenge

On International Women’s Day 2021 Choose to Challenge

by Elyse V

Today is International Women’s Day 2021 (#IWD2021) and the theme is #ChooseToChallenge as “from challenge comes change.” No more quietly letting sh*t slide because it’s not sliding away. It’s sliding onto another women. It’s time we stop waiting for change to happen or waiting for someone else to fix it.

When you see or experience gender bias or inequality, or feel diminished or harassed, call it out. Raise awareness and do what you can to change/correct it. It’s time we find, embrace, and own our voice and our power. So raise a hand in support of #ChooseToChallenge today on International Women’s Day, but then roll up your sleeves and raise your fist. The fight continues beyond today.

We must follow the lead of women like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams and Nancy Pelosi. Women who not only didn’t accept their oppression, but went to war with it in public service. Let the words of these incredible women inspire and motivate you in your pursuit of progress and change towards an inclusive world.

International Women’s Day 2021 quotes to inspire

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

“Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“My being a black woman is not a deficit. It is a strength. Because I could not be where I am had I not overcome so many other barriers. Which means you know I’m relentless, you know I’m persistent, and you know I’m smart.

Stacey Abrams

“Simply put, every issue is a Black woman’s issue and Black women’s issues are everyone’s issues.” She later added “I want you to know that when you walk into every room you ever walk into, do not be burdened by someone else’s assumptions of who you are. Do not be burdened by their perspectives or judgment, and do not let anyone ever tell you who you are.”

Kamala Harris during her Spelman College lecture

“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.”

Hillary Clinton declared in September 1995 at her speech as First Lady to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing

“I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women. “

Nancy Pelosi

Check out the #IWD2021 events and resources so you can get involved.

Stay strong sisters. We are a force. Remember to uplift other women and celebrate our achievements. Be kind to each other. Happy International Women’s Day 2021. Long live RBG.

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